Hank, Bill Paxton, a decent, average man, works in the grain store of a small Minnesota town, his wife Sarah, Bridget Fonda, is heavily pregnant. One day, out with his slightly retarded brother Jacob, Billy Bob Thornton, and the redneck Lou, Brent Briscoe, they stumble on a crashed light aircraft and a bag containing over $4 million. The temptation is too great. A beautifully crafted cautionary tale in which a bunch of ordinary country folk succumb to temptation which leads to unexpected and unwanted acts of violence and tragedy. Scott B. Smith`s screenplay, based on his novel, is leisurely in examining with complete conviction - how the trio`s natural temptation just to keep quite and share what is surely drug money leads inexorably to far more serious crimes. The character played by Bridget Fonda is crucially important - her seemingly good advice to her naturally nervous husband proves not to be so good after all. This is a major departure for director Sam Raimi, who is best known for his schlock films, like the Evil Dead series. A Simple Plan couldn`t differ more from his earlier work, which was usually pure fantasy, whereas this is harsh reality. He handles with great delicacy an emotional and all too human story, and builds up the suspense in the latter part of the film with great skill.Performances are all excellent and the film is notably well photographed in convincingly wintery conditions.Margaret`s View:It is a much more restrained style for Raimi as director and you have to be impressed by what he`s achieved. Performances are solid, characterizations shaky, so that what I saw was faintly unbelievable - would Sarah the wife fall in quite so quickly with something she overtly disagrees with. Hank`s character is a bit underdeveloped. He does some remarkably stupid things for the most intelligence one in the pack. Billy Bob Thornton`s design is just a little bit too clich?d - the big glasses, the bad clothes, he`s painted in broad strokes, which is a shame. But basically while I enjoyed this film quite a lot I did feel that the construct was imposed rather than events emerging logically from characterizations.