Blood Simple. is the least bit simple. Shadows align with grief and betrayal. A simple murder; an assassination for money. Complicated gritty dollars serve as dire distraction. Cash sprawls empty. A phone ringing. A gun; a girl; an affair. A cowboy’s hat. An exploding, humorous temper. A relatively simple premise that thickens in The Coen Brothers’ slimy, dark, and riveting neo-noir debut.
It takes its time to get itself sussed, but by the time it does, things get real intricate. Could it be that Blood Simple. is the dynamic duo’s best? Perhaps. It’s a damn tasty watch. Particularly the fantastic Frances McDormand. What an extraordinary debut, and how about that tense and bombastic finale? Chills.