Release date: April 12, 2002
Director: Bill Paxton
Levi Kreis and
Frailty centers around a small town Texas family. Father and two sons. All who have only recently begun to deal with the loss of their mother and wife. But at last, they seem to have found a little bit of happiness in the texas town. This happiness does not last too long thought. One night, the father wakes both his sons, Fenton and Tommy. He tells them that he's had a vision! A message from god! There are demons in the world, and it is their job to kill them. God will send them three different weapons, an axe, a lead pipe, and a pair of gloves to do his work here on earth.
Fenton the older son isn't too convinced, but his younger brother, who worships the father believes it all. In the morning they awaken, and Fenton tries to forget the previous night, things get worse though, much worse. Father's "demons" are actually just people and killing them all is a bloody business. Fenton tried to deal with it, to do what is right, to stop his father… but nothing turns out as he, or you would expect it to.
Thus we begin the long strange journey filled with twists, and that’s what’s so absolutely great about Frailty.
Frailty is a thriller of the highest and best order. Unlike a lot of typical horror films, it doesn't obsess about getting to the next shot of bloody gore. Instead, newbie Director Bill Paxton takes a higher, and much more fun path with this excellently directed film. Paxton often comes off as a bit of a goof. Frankly, I was amazed by the extreme level of depth and maturity to the movie. This is one of the closest things to the greatness of Hitchcock in terms of horror movie making.
Nothing about the film will be predictable. Actually, the last fifteen minutes or so will feature a few very unexpected surprises so unexpected that you will probably have no clue what’s coming for that entire time. The film will unexpectedly veer off into this dark corner, where everything that bursts out of its multiplicity of the darkness is unlike anything you might have expected. Frailty is a shocking, terror filled movie, the kind you can only imagine when your dad describes a killing spree as “God’s work”.
Frailty is much more than just a mind blowing ending, it is a slow and eventual build up that is every bit as rewarding as the movie's final payoff itself. The actors themselve's are ever bit as stellar as the film’s directing, showing two of the best child actors this horror fan has seen in a long time. Paxton is brilliant and sympathetic even while he is scaring the hell out of you. Matthew McConaughey continues to play another hick part you know the type he loves, but he does so with the maturity and mystery that the part demands.
Don’t pass Frailty up. It isn't the biggest budget film, but it deserves your attention! Give Paxton a much deserved chance because he will end up suprising you.
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