The white winter snows of Minnesota play host to this neat, very good crime thriller. Like the similarly landscaped Fargo, this has a lot more sinister activities going on under the at-first seeming beautiful locations.
Bill Paxton and his wife Bridget Fonda (who is heavily pregnant - again echoes of cop Frances McDormand's character in Fargo) and two unemployed, rather dense brothers stumble across a crashed light plane hidden in a snow drift. Inside is $4,400,000 and a dead pilot, with a crow pecking out his eyeball.
The movie's title is obvious and apt, the Simple Plan being so simple. No-one knew the plane crashed and there's nothing on the news to suggest missing money. But, of course, plans go awry and even the smallest, tiniest errors of judgement have huge implications. Whilst Paxon's character has a job at a feed mill, the other two, being jobless and in debt want their share straight away.
It's a clever, twisting plot, never too obvious or audacious. The characters are all believable and well acted, with Billy Bob Thornton as one of the brothers being Oscar nominated. Also Oscar nominated was the adapted screenplay, confirming both story and script to be top drawer.