A Simple Plan

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * * · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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Some folks like to watch a movie where they can relate to the main characters in some way. Others like to watch someone who is really good at what they do. If you fall into these groups, you may want to avoid this movie. A Simple Plan takes a group of normal red blooded, blue collar, rural Americans and shows you what can happen when you feed in the greed of 4.5 million dollars. The story is dark and difficult. The choices that they make are hard and generally not right or good. You watch good people turn to the lowest forms of evil. You watch as they perform actions and feel a guilt they can not get over. Bill Paxton should have stuck to movies like Twister and Navy Seals (Mikes rule number 42, never miss an opportunity to bash Navy Seals). He just doesnt have the kind of acting ability for this movie, and it is painfully obvious when you watch him next to Billy Bob Thorton who is frankly amazing in this movie. Bridget Fonda does a good role as well, with quite a transfer in character type. The DVD is very well done. It has a full 16x9 enhanced transfer and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that gives a great feeling to the mood of the movie. There arent any real extras though. Some folks liked this movie a lot, and if you are one of them, it is a keeper. Others may just want to give this one a rental, especially the mainstream crowd who wants heroes and happy endings.