Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Scott B. Smith
Cinematographer: Alar Kivilo
by Tory Maddox
A Simple Plan is one of the most underrated movies of the 90s, continuing that badass/cool story initiated by Tarantino. At the story's center is Billy Bob Thornton’s character, Jacob, who’s always willing to put friends and family first. He’s a humble man. Knows who he is and where he fits. His last girlfriend lasted only a month because she was paid $100 to do so. Then you have their redneck friend Lou (Brent Briscoe) who’s been living off welfare, going nowhere, and doesn’t seem to care. And then there’s Hank (Bill Paxton) who tries to remain strong, though easily swayed by his wife and friends. He enjoys the small town, but always imagines a bit more.
All of these characters see how their lives could transform immediately with the money they find. They know they should play it smart. They’re aware that someone probably would come looking for it. And it’s the complete lack of patience that causes the whole plan to go wrong. Everyone’s true colors start taking the best of them when imagining how their lives could change - Lou’s impatience and belligerence, Hank’s inability to assert himself, and Jacob’s good, though impressionable heart. In the end it’s each character's flaws that leads to their downfall.
As they return to the woods the crows look down upon them with complete indifference. Whoever dies or passes doesn’t matter. They will feed on them all. Mistakes don’t matter. A Simple Plan shows us that, at times, it's best to act in decent self interest rather than agreeing to a poor consensus.
BELOW: Hank, Lou, and Jacob discuss what to do with the money they find
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