A Simple Plan ★★★★★

Bill Paxman and BBT play brothers who sound like they're from Texarkana even though the film takes place in Minnesota. The movie feels like a really good Jim Thompson novel -- a modern noir where inept, foolish, or plain unlucky yokels find themselves sucked into bleaker and bleaker situations. My favorite kind of crime thriller!

A surprisingly subtle, restrained effort from Raimi. Some choice dissolves between scenes and quick cutting during tenser moments prove he knows when and where to reach into his more stylistic bag of tricks, though. This movie feels like the cinematic equivalent of some snot nosed kid squeezing himself into a suit for his first adult job. He's overly stiff and well-mannered and looking to please important people. But, gosh darn it, you can't help but like him for trying.

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