The Tagline: “Sometimes good people do evil things..“
The Overview: *** Beware – spoilers are found below ***
Hank [Bill Paxton] and Sarah [Bridget Fonda] are living the American Dream. Married and expecting a child, Hank works at the local feed store and Sarah is a librarian. Known and respected by folks in their small town, things seem wonderful for the young couple.
When Hank, his dim-witted brother, Jacob [Billy Bob Thorton] and Jacob’s alcoholic friend, Lou [Brent Briscoe] accidentally stumble across a downed plane buried in the snow, they find their morality tested. The plane contains a dead pilot and over four million dollars cash.
Hank wants to report their find to the police with hope there will be a reward. Lou wants to keep the money and say nothing. Jacob sides with Lou. Ultimately, they decide that Hank will keep the money for the three. If no one comes calling after the plane is found in the spring, they will split the money equally and leave town going their separate ways.
It is a simple plan. What could go wrong?
*** Even More Spoilers Below ***
- Hank’s simple plan.
- How when the plan begins to almost immediately unravel, the steps taken to correct things leads to worse events.
- The twists along the way.
- Director Sam Raimi creates so many suspenseful scenes.
- Screenwriter Scott B. Smith skillfully adapts his novel of the same name.
- How logical choices lead to unreasonable actions.
- Paxton, Fonda, Thorton and Briscoe are excellent in their roles.
- “That man’s got a gun, Hank. When he sees the plane, he’s gonna shoot you both.”
- The evil that good people will do for money.
- Making a pact with a dimwit and mean drunk.
- When two of the three break their promise not to tell anyone what they found.
- When Lou comes calling for his share of the money.
- When the sheriff comes around asking questions.
- When the FBI agent comes asking about the plane… and is he really FBI?
- When one bad decision forces worse choices.
- When people don’t die straight away.
- Learning how people talk about you when you’re not there.
- The pain of betrayal.
Rating: 4 out of 5