Deep in the heart of Texas, a jealous bar owner hires a private eye to kill his wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover. The sleazy hitman (M. Emmet Walsh) double-crosses the husband, killing him instead and pocketing the cash. The perfect crime or so it seems, but disposing of the corpse is not so simple. 'Blood Simple' uncoils its film noir plot with audacious style, dense atmosphere and blood-curdling twists. The razor-sharp debut of Joel and Ethan Coen will have you on the very edge of your seat.
Brilliant, influential movie - forerunner of Fargo and Shallow Grave
- Blood Simple review by PV
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If you want to have a real cinematic treat, watch this, and then Shallow Grave and/or Fargo: you will see that Fargo is essentially a bigger budget remake of this, and Shallow Grave (directed but not written by Danny Boyle, and still his best film, I think - way better than the tedious Trainspotting or the sentimental wallowing of Slumdog) lifted so much from it. Some scenes (light shining through bullet holes)were 'taken' directly from here for Shallow Grave.
The best thing about this film is the script: tight, terse, pithy and funny. Some great lines.
It has a plot to die for (literally!).
Nice direction too.
The weak things about this movie?
Well, it is dated - and looks dated even for 1984!
And the music - much of it hispanic - is awful. Also, the black barman character was an unnecessary distraction, included probably for the interesting contrast between a Detroit Motown-loving outsider black man in Countrya nd Western territory.
But really, still 4.5 stars, despite the creaky bits!