Actor Bill Paxton made his directorial debut with Frailty. The bulk of the story is told through flashbacks, as a mysterious man (Matthew McConaughey) tells a terrible tale to an FBI agent (Powers Boothe) investigating the "God's Hand" serial killer case. The man grew up in a small town in Texas, where he and his brother lived a bucolic life with their kindhearted widower father (Paxton). One night, the father awakens the two boys, Fenton (Matthew O'Leary) and Adam (Jeremy Sumpter), and tells them he's had a vision, and God has chosen him and his sons to help Him slay demons who walk the earth in human form. He tells the boys they can never tell anyone about this task. Before long, he comes home from work with a list of names that he claims an angel has given to him. He then begins abducting people, bringing them home, one by one, and having the boys watch while he lays his hands on them. After having proven, to his mind, that they are demons and not human, he chops them up with an axe while the boys look on. Young Adam is eager to participate, seeing his family as "kind of like superheroes," while the older Fenton is distraught, believing that his father has lost his mind. He contemplates running away, but is reluctant to leave his little brother behind. Eventually, he goes to the authorities, which results in disaster. As he tells the story, McConaughey takes Boothe out to the public rose garden near his old home, where he claims his brother, the "God's Hand" killer, buried the bodies. Paxton dramatizes the mayhem while leaving almost all of the gore offscreen, and Brent Hanley's script leaves the true motives of several characters unclear until the very end.
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.
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Cast & Crew
|Matthew McConaughey||Fenton Meiks|
|Powers Boothe||Wesley Doyle|
|Matt O'Leary||Young Fenton Meiks|
|Jeremy Sumpter||Young Adam Meiks|
|Luke Askew||Sheriff Smalls|
|Derk Cheetwood||Agent Griffin Hull|
|Alan Davidson||Brad White|
|Cynthia Ettinger||Cynthia Harbridge|
|Vincent Chase||Edward March|
|Lance E. Nichols||FBI Agent No. 4|
|Edgar Davis||FBI Agent No. 2|
|Levi Kreis||Fenton Meiks|
|Edmond Scott Ratliff||The Angel|
|Brad Berryhill||Teenage Demon|
|Greg Serano||FBI Agent No. 1|
|Jim Flowers||FBI Agent No. 3|
|John Paxton||Janitor In Lobby|
|Richard A. Bell||Curtis|
|Chelsea Blain Butler||Little Girl|
|Jennifer Drake||Teacher's Aid|
|Betty Gurule||Doyle's Mother|
|Mary Gail Artz||Casting|
|Lance Brown||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nelson Coates||Art Director|
|Kevin Jay Cozen||Art Director|
|Randy Feemster||Camera Operator|
|April Ferry||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Joel C. High||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Tom Huckabee||Executive Producer|
|Frederick Levy||Associate Producer|
|Karen Loop||Executive Producer|
|Tom Ortenberg||Executive Producer|
|Michael Paseornek||Executive Producer|
|Gary R. Speckman||Set Decoration/Design|
|Susumu Tokunow||Sound Mixer|
|Brian Tyler||Score Composer|
|Tim Walston||Sound/Sound Designer|
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My mom was the first to tell me about this movie, saying that I just had to watch it. I loved every minute of it. The first time I watched it I got a little confused at the end, but since then I have watched it over and over again, never missing a minute of it!
frailty, i must say.. has got to be one of the scariest, yet best thrillers ever! Frailty makes the Sixth Sense look like a Barney show(just kidding.. sixth sense is scary too). but, this is a really good movie. i enjoyed it. the demons were scary. it's confusing at first. but, in the end, it's all wrapped up. good job for bill paxton, Matthew o ' leary, jeremy sumpter(cutie pie).. and of course the director and producers.
This film has been described as a ''thinking man's horror movie.'' I could not put it any better. Utterly chilling because it is just an everyday guy. He could be your next-door neighbor.
This movie is a great directing debut by Bill Paxton. Matt O'leary, a new talent, shines in this movie. The other actors do very well. A good thriller, i highly suggest it even though it didn't get a lot of publicity.
I went and watched this movie in theaters and was simply amazed. Bill Paxton does an excellent directing job and the actors do a great job. This movie is very suspenseful more than scary, but did have some scary moments. The only thing that could have better is they should have had more blood, because the movie isn't really bloody but it doesn't take away from the suspense.
i didnt hear much about this movie, but i saw it in the movie store & thought...oh well. much to my suprise it was really good. id buy it !...plus mathew is in it & he look GOOOOD!
Best get right with Jesus.
this was an interesting film that i never heard of until a friend who also loves horror told me about. i watched it and it was really good. bill paxton is quite the director and matthew mccounaghly in my opinion gives a creepy performance. this is about a family, a vision from an angel and their mission to stop demons disguised as humans.
from start to finish a movie that i thoroughly enjoyed. without drowning you in special effects or corny one liners, it hit home in it's ability to be believed and set in the texas bible belt lent credence to the entire plot for me. i thought the acting was superb and well cast, making the characters believable. make you stop and think for a moment, you never know what's going on inside the other persons head.
Ever since "The Sixth Sense", every movie has to have a twist. In this case, it is a very, very stupid twist. It was totally irrelevant to the plot. The acting in this movie was okay, but the moment that the plot twist comes to light, every thing good about this movie was all for nothing.
I was amazed that about half way through this movie I realized it was very scary. This movie concerns a normal family that was changed for the worst one night when the father saw a vision. Without giving away any details, this seemingly normal father and two sons began a quest to rid the world of evil to save it. Although the eldest son was reluctant, and after some ''persuasion'' by his father, he came to participate in the salvation of the world. In later years one of the sons turns up at the local FBI office to turn in his brother as a serial killer. Now what made this movie scary was that this family continued their daily activities, interacted with their friends, but still managed to eliminate a few people who the father believed were the devil's handymen. It made me remember all those interviews on the news of serial killers where the neighbors claim they were nice and normal and I began to wonder about my next door neighbors. Don't look for a lot of blood or gore, and their are a few surpises throughout and expecially at the end which made it even scarier as the shadows saw what was going on. A very good movie whithout all the high tech and special effects.
I must say that this is an impressive movie with good suspense and key parts to the whole story somewhere near the end which is just awesome. Everyone especially Matthew does a creepy and mysterious performance as somewhat the main character explaining all that has happened to him and his family through childhood memories. I give this 8 out of 10.