A while back I mentioned to my friend the small subgenre of films that all share the same plot: “things sure were better before we found all that money”. This collection includes
- A Simple Plan
- Shallow Grave
- Treasure of the Sierra Madre
- No Country for Old Men
And probably a couple of others I could think of if I really tried. The one thing these movies all have in common is that they are better than average, in my opinion. As directly opposed to another subgenre single line plot that I’ve seen way too much of recently: “the victim IS the killer but didn’t realize it due to insanity/split personality.” That list is long & growing, and almost none of the movies on it are particularly good.
- The Uninvited
- Fight Club
- Three (imaginary film within a film from Adaptation)
- Hide & Seek
- Shutter Island (it’s not out yet – but that’s how the book is)
- Sleepaway Camp
- High Tension
- Secret Window
There’s probably several dozen more I can’t remember, but jesus, with the exception of Fight Club, has this plot ever worked in a movie?