A Simple Plan ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Watched with one of my best friends, his first time.

He responded viscerally to some of the action and was visibly anxious about several plot developments, but I think he was put off by an ending that contrasts the opening scene to the concluding scene and suggests a far more depressing conclusion than he's used to in this sort of thriller. He wasn't prepared for a protagonist who would get away with it without a dramatic escape or some future extravagance as a reward for the risk. Instead, it's a diatribe on how we are stained by actions we know to be immoral; when that blurs the line of protecting one's family and a retaining a great deal of illicit money, it reduces a man to primal greed and paranoia with stark, harrowing results.

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