Dingo Barry’s review published on Letterboxd:
A Simple Plan is an impressive 180 turn from Sam Raimi. It was unfairly compared to Fargo, giving people at the time an excuse to dismiss this little gem. Fargo is the better movie in terms of originality and execution, but I found A Simple Plan to be just as unsettling.
During winter in a small-town, three buddies accidentally stumble upon 4 million dollars in an abandoned aircraft. Predictably, greed gets the best of these men, driving them to madness, or worse, evil. Maybe not pure evil, but Damn near close to it.
The similarities to Fargo couldn't be anymore visible, but whereas Fargo played of as a pure dark comedy, A Simple Plan doesn't spare a second for comedic relief. Plus, there is no Marge Gunderson to have the moral high ground, giving closure to even the worst of times. Every character here will either go out on infamy, or spend the rest of their lives having the guilt weigh them down like a ball and chain.
The performances were impressive to say the least. Bill Paxton has to be the most impressive, though I'm only saying that since I only know him as the nimrod from "True Lies" and "Aliens". Billy Bob Thornton shouldn't be this underappreciated with a performance like this. Unlike Sling Blade, Thornton isn't relying on mental disability or reaching out of any sort to do a great job. His subtle and un showy performance makes him far more believable and sympathetic. Bridget Fonda does a solid job with the screen times she's given. Brent Briscoe pulls off a role that would've otherwise been just another one dimensional foiler that is programmed to be hated on. Instead, Briscoe maintains believability and empathy as the film progresses.
Funny to think this movie is far more disturbing than the Evil Dead Trilogy.