The Coen's, of course, make their language and dialogue foremost in
even their bloodiest films. The script Raimi worked with (with a cast
he inherited from the film's first director, Robert Towne) lacks any
of the quirky dialogue that would set this film apart. Essentially a
remake of TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, this morality play could have
learned much from the wonderful language of the Bogart film.
While Billy Bob Thornton steals the show (in a role quite similar to
the one he brilliantly plays in Jarmusch's DEAD MAN, though this time
he's got nasty brown glasses) the rest of the characters are quite
two-dimensional. As each character that we meet systematically gets
killed, you care less and less about any of these people surviving.
In the end, the plot is about a simple plan that became complicated.
Ironically, the film itself, posing as a complicated film, could have
under stronger direction and with better writing, could have been much
more than its simple self.
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