A Simple Plan (1998)
France / English
"Sometimes good people do evil things. "Two brothers and a friend find $4 million in the cockpit of a downed plane. The pilot is dead. No one is looking for the money. To keep it, all they have to do is wait. IT ALL SOUNDED SO SIMPLE...
It certainly seemed simple enough...
Based on Scott B. Smith's novel; scripted by the author himself.
This is a story of three men (Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent
Briscoe) who find a staggering amount of cash in a downed airplane.
Their decision to hold on to this money until they can figure out what
to do with it turns out to be a very bad one. Before long, people are
being murdered left and right, and the relationship of Paxton and
Thornton (who play brothers) gets very strained indeed.
An almost top-notch thriller with a compelling moral dilemma: what
would any of us do in this situation? To keep the money or not to keep
it, that is the question.
I think it's stretched out a bit long, but ultimately I understand it's
necessary for the viewer to understand where these characters are
The highlight of this movie is watching this cast at work, especially
Thornton (an Academy Award-nominee for his performance), who may make
it a must-see even for those who aren't impressed with the movie
An ultimately very sad and bleak movie (with an inspired wintry
Minnesota setting) about the horrible things that otherwise good people
can be capable of.
I give it eight out of ten.
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