A Simple Plan ★★★★

I gotta thank my friend for recommending this to me, and watching it with me tonight. I had a really good time with this one. I could feel the dread of every character, in every scene, no matter how subtle.

Sam Raimi captures dread and paranoia through subtle moments, while still maintaining a few moments which reflect the style present in some of his other films. The combination works well, and captures the dark tone of the story.

While watching, I described this as "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" as a thriller, and I stand by that. Both films depict the uncertainty and dangers confined within what we imagine as the American Dream, just in very different genres. I want someone somewhere to schedule this double feature.

This is probably odd to say, but some of my favorite moments in the performances, were when characters would stutter. It always felt natural, and worked to show the paranoia and changes within the different characters.