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5.0 out of 5 stars That's the test, ain't it? Test of true love., September 24, 2004
This review is from: Blood Simple (DVD)
Blood Simple completely breaks from the convention of other movies in that no one individual character completely understands the motivations of the other characters, even at the end of the movie. In nearly every other movie that you see, by the end, everyone is happy that they understand the whole story. In Blood Simple, there are misconceptions by each individual.

The inventiveness of the screenplay as one character after another misinterprets the actions of the another make this one of my favorites. I also found myself on more than one occasion thinking about the idiosyncrasies of the characters. Each one is different in their own way. It was actually fun to watch the "good" guys stumble through the actions, while the infamous "bad" guys were perfectionists. My nerves were going crazy when Ray attempts to dispose of a body. He kept doing things wrong, I wanted to jump through the screen and just shake Ray to show him how to do properly finish the crime. I am no criminal, but I could show this guy a thing or two.

Abby makes reference in this film about how "anal" Marty is about his plans, which is interesting to see why she fell for Ray. He is not "anal", in fact, I don't think he thinks through his actions before he does them. I couldn't tell you how many beats my heart missed when watching Ray bury Marty. The sound in this movie was phenomenal. It created such an ambiance to this film. It not only helped build the characters, but also helped build the feeling of this film. This is one of those "keep you on your toes" films. You need to be watching and listening to what is happening not only around these characters, but to them as well.

Speaking of the characters, I loved the character of Visser. He is one of those characters that would normally be lost to the background, but instead he pulls off as the scene stealer of the film. What immediately impressed me about this film is its simplicity, it had a stark quality, the scenery just had the essentials, and the dialogue was also simple, yet this movie packed quite a story within, and although it was simple, it definitely required strict observation on the part of the viewer to keep up with the events.

Someone quoted this film by saying, "...it was like watching Hitchcock, but on acid..." and I couldn't agree more!! I love movies like that, where you have to pay attention to EVERYTHING in order to fully understand what is going on. What really impressed me is that this is the Coen's first film, and how amazingly RIGHT they got it, on the first try.

Grade: ***** out of *****
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