Thursday, September 30, 2010

Take the money and run

A Simple Plan
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda
Released: 12/11/98

Oscar nominations:
Best Supporting Actor - Billy Bob Thornton (lost to James Coburn for Affliction)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Scott B. Smith (lost to Bill Condon for Gods and Monsters)

Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton play brothers Hank and Jacob where the only thing they have in common is their last name. Hank is the more responsible brother with a steady job and a wife with a baby on the way. Jacob, on the other hand, is lucky if he can hold onto a job, has a drinking problem, and is unreliable.

The film takes place in a small town in Minnesota  (I've been to Minnesota and it is as cold as it looks!) where one day Hank and Jacob and a friend of Jacob come across a small plane that has crashed in a snowy field. Curious, they take a closer look and find the pilot dead and a duffle bag containing four million dollars in cash. Jacob and his friend think they should just take the money; after all, no one is probably looking for it, but Hank is a little more cautious. He thinks surely someone out there is going to notice that four million dollars is missing and is bound to come after it sooner or later. He wants to leave the money where they found it and pretend as though they never saw it, but later proposes that he keep the money hidden at his place for a certain amount of time. If it turns out someone is looking for the money, he'll burn it, but if nobody claims it, then he'll split the money with the others as long as they promise to move out of town.

The movie shows how a significant amount of money can affect people and what they'll do to ensure they can keep it. It also shows how money doesn't always solve problems, but in fact can create more of them. I don't want to give anything away, but some bad stuff definitely goes down. I highly recommend this film.

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