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At Theaters: 4/12/2002 On Video: 9/17/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409908
Studio: Lions Gate Films
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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.
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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.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Bill Paxton VERTICAL LIMIT, U-571, A SIMPLE PLAN
Matthew McConaughey THE WEDDING PLANNER, U-571, EDTV, THE NEWTON BOYS
Powers Boothe U-TURN, NIXON
Matthew O'Leary DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE
Jeremy Sumpter Acting Debut
Director: Bill Paxton Directorial Debut
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About The Production
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Content Heading
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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Entertainment Weekly   Full 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  Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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 Online  Full 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.''

Newsday  Full 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 poisoning."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 163 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
18
Fairly High
89%
13-19Teens (F)
17
Fairly Low
53%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
29
Fairly High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
29
Fairly Low
72%
30+Adults (M)
22
Fairly Low
53%
30+Adults (F)
48
Fairly Low
56%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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."

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Sorry, I wasn't given an advance screening of this movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 retribution.

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 them.

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.

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