well done film all around. sam raimi does a good job of letting the script unfold and building tension at each turn. i think the direction was what really made the film seem well paced and tragic rather than overdone and contrived (see deep end). all the acting was good, including bill paxton who has a tendency to overact. billy bob is a simpleton in real life and that’s why his most successful roles (this one and sling blade) are those of simple people. good casting there. in sum, a good story and well-executed.