in about 100 words or less
US 96m (Director’s Cut), Colour
Directors: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Cast: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh
Blood Simple is a dark, tense and suspenseful story-driven thriller filled with sleazy characters, interesting camera angles and a film noir style that is works exceedingly well in what is a striking directorial debut. The film’s underlying black sense of humour is barely noticeable, but fiendishly present in a few memorable instances such as Dan Hedaya’s terrifically resilient character – that just won’t die. As with other Coen productions, a relatively simple scenario becomes a terribly complicated predicament for the film’s characters whose lot spirals out of control toward a most compelling finale (Klaus Ming February 2012).