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The FBI agent heading the search for Texas' notorious "God's Hand" murderer, is understandably suspicious when a man walks into his office and announces that he knows the identity of the elusive serial killer. Introducing himself as Frenton Meiks, he claims that his brother, Adam, killed all those people and then killed himself.
Thriller Mystery - This is a dark horror thriller that should appeal to adults and
older teens who appreciate intelligence and chills over violence
gore, which is kept at a minimum. Even with little blood, the film
is much too dark and intense for any children.
PROFANITY: Rare use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: A number of beatings, shootings and stabbings, but generally with little blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Fairly frequent alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: None.
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Review Good "Frailty veers toward ''X-Files''-style heat-and-serve
weirdness, then veers somewhere else. It's clunky and indie-size -- yet far
sturdier than its title suggests.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Above Average "Frailty's final fifteen minutes seem like
they belong in another movie - a picture that has accepted the slasher film
clichés and is playing by those rules. Nevertheless, as disappointing as the
wrap-up is, it can't erase the chilling psychological warfare that represents
the majority of what precedes it.''
Review Excellent "Frailty is an extraordinary work, concealing in
its depths not only unexpected story turns but also implications, hidden at
first, that make it even deeper and more sad. It is the first film directed by
the actor Bill Paxton, who also plays the father and succeeds in making
"Dad" not a villain but a sincere man lost within his delusions.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Above Average "A psychological thriller with a genuinely spooky
premise and an above-average cast, actor Bill Paxton's directing debut is a
creepy slice of gothic rural Americana.''
Review Below Average "Frequently, very frequently, flawed scripts are
rescued by good acting. In this movie, on which Paxton bestows the kind of
careful guidance usually associated with drum majors, all the eloquence and
structure in the world couldn't save it from a fatal case of toxic ham
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some very mixed opinions! After seeing this movie, I know why. It's a very dark, violent and strange story. Those that gave it high opinions commented that it was an intriguing , chilling story with some story twists that made it unpredictable. Those that rated it low said it was confusing and slow and most didn't like the ending. Many also commented that they didn't like the fact that the killings were supposed to have been done for God.
With opinions this mixed I couldn't begin to predict who might like this movie. The best thing I can do is suggest that you read the detailed content and make sure you like dark violent movies before deciding to see "Frailty."
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WESLEY DOYLE (Powers Boothe), the FBI agent heading the search for Texas'
notorious "God's Hand" murderer, is understandably suspicious when a
man walks into his office and announces that he knows the identity of the
elusive serial killer. Introducing himself as FENTON MEIKS (Matthew McConaughey),
he claims that his brother, Adam, killed all those people and then killed
himself. But Adam's crimes are just one small part of a long and complex story
that Meiks wants to share with Doyle so he will understand what motivated his
brother to kill. Past and present converge as the two strangers drive together
to the rose garden where Adam is buried and Meiks begins his tale of faith and
It is 1979 and the Meiks brothers,
twelve-year-old Fenton (Matthew O'Leary) and nine-year-old Adam (Jeremy Sumpter),
enjoy an idyllic relationship with their father (Bill Paxton), a kind and
sensitive man still recovering from the death of his beloved wife. The boys are
happy and secure, until a sudden and inexplicable turn of events changes their
lives forever. Dad announces that he has been visited by an Angel who has
entrusted him with a holy mission. God has chosen him and his sons to destroy
"demons" who pose as ordinary men and women. The Angel will provide
them with a list of names. The Meiks must find these "demons" and kill
While young Adam is enthusiastic about
the family mission and claims to share his Dad's visions of divine justice,
Fenton fears that their father is insane. Torn between his love for his family
and his belief that their diabolical plan must be stopped, Fenton wrestles with
his own demons, searching for a solution. The terrible violence that shatters
the brothers' childhood has a dramatic impact on their futures. Deeply affected
by their experiences, Fenton and Adam develop extreme ideas about good and evil,
ideas that lead them to shocking and unforeseen fates.