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Director Sam Raini is not a conventional filmmaker. The evil factor once again consumes Raini with his excellent feature The Simple Plan. This marks a more mainstream drama for him, unlike The Evil Dead and Darkman, and uses a bag of money that calls in the themes of cruelty, greed and tension amongst friends.
Hank (Bill Paxton) is a hard-working man at the grain mill in snowy Minnesota who has a heavily pregnant wife Sarah (Bridget Fonda). He, his brother Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton) and drinking buddy Lou (Brent Briscoe) set out one New Year’s Eve on a fox hunt and discover a crashed plane, containing a dead pilot and a bag of $US100 notes totalling $US4.4 million. Hank’s natural instinct is to report the money to police, whilst Jacob and Lou see an opportunity as their eyes light up. Whose wouldn’t? They want to keep the money. The philosophy being that no one will come looking for the plane and the money until after winter, and the three millionaires thereby prospering.
However, greed and mistrust wraps the three men. This is where the lives of ordinary decent people are tested to the hilt. The key figure of the situation appears to be Hank’s wife, Sarah. With Hank being the temporary custodian of the bag of money, Sarah shows determination to keep the money at all costs in order for her family to enjoy the riches never before provided. It turns all their lives upside down as Hank, Jacob and Lou need to engineer the perfect plan. The prospect of wealth awakens old resentments and cuts the bond of the three men.
The scheme unravels through greed and jealousy leading to a special focus on the two brothers. Raini is able to demonstrate the love of the two desperate characters, which overrides the money that tries to tear them apart. Jacob’s dimwitted qualities are well portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton, whilst Paxton and Fonda provide very solid performances. The atmosphere and moods create a tense thriller that is most compelling.