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"American Independent Film, 1999" - Movie Review: Blood Simple

If I were 'Blood Simple', what would I have to say for myself? I think I'd say, "beginnings are always hard and most are artificial".

For some films, being slow works out nicely; some things are really just worth waiting for. Luckily for 'Blood Simple', being slow actually makes the film stronger. Take out the lingering shots or the seemingly plodding pace of the characters, and 'Blood Simple' would lose its suspense and the climax would surely go unnoticed.

Slow and steady makes 'Blood Simple' seem real; there are no epic car chases, no gigantic explosions, no shoot-outs, none of the standard things that make Hollywood tick. Yet somehow, thanks primarily to the Coen's now famous style, 'Blood Simple' pulls off a scarier, more engaging story than most Hollywood films could even dream of.

About the Coens...

They don't offer us much in the way of 'likable' characters. They have this way of creating people that we've all known, sometimes been, and never liked. There's always something underhanded and manipulative and scheming about all the characters; from adultery to murder, everyone is always up to something and self-serving, ulterior motives abound.

But that's okay!

'Nice' is simply so overrated.
And phony.

Being not likable is actually more believable.

It's not as though the characters are evil, they just aren't the kind of people we proudly admit to socializing with, or, even less likely to be admitted, the kind of people our most secret selves are.

The Coens have tapped into a deep, dark, dirty well of humanity and are pumping the slimy waters into their characters; it's all tainted with realism even while each character's eccentricity seems to plummet off the deep end of possibility.

The Coen brothers are definitely on to something, and it's good.

Check out The Atlantic's 30 year anniversary review of Blood Simple - if you want to read more about the film.

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