Frailty

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1

On a dark and stormy night at FBI headquarters in Dallas, a strange man saunters in and claims his brother is the notorious Gods Hand serial killer. However, the man also claims his brother killed himself just days earlier. Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey) then proceeds to tell agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) his story from the beginning. The movie flashes back to Fenton (Matthew OLeary) as a boy, growing up in a motherless house with his younger brother, Adam (Jeremy Sumpter), and his widower Dad (Bill Paxton). Life is fine until Dad claims he received a vision from God, that the family is going to become demon hunters. God eventually provides the weapons, and the family begins to kidnap and kill people they identify as demons. While the younger Adam almost blindly follows his fathers vision, Fenton has grave reservations about their demon-killing. But circumstances prevent him from telling the authorities. Fentons narration eventually connects his familys actions with more recent killings, but that is only the beginning of this chilling, horror story. FRAILTY, while somewhat bizarre and incredibly grim, is an intense and entertaining thriller from first time director/actor Bill Paxton. While some of the films surprises dont always surprise, the strong cast should attract a healthy audience.

Dads visions from God are profoundly questionable, since they lead him to kidnapping and killing demons. Of course, to all but Dad, the demons happen to look and act like people. The film is ambiguous at best, about whether these visions are real, but Paxtons character certainly makes the skin crawl as he exposes his sons to the bloody deeds done in the name of God. While plenty of good, Evangelical lingo about faith is spouted throughout the story, the film joins others that cast religious believers in strong negative light, since most of the pious phrases come from the killer. However, the film could make a good jumping-off point for discussion about God and what kind of revelations He gives to people today. Also, the film leads one to consider such revelation issues as they come up, instead of blindly accepting anothers fervent belief. Somewhat reminiscent of classic, older films, the action surprisingly refrains from graphic gore, with most violence acts occurring off-screen and suggested by sounds. Even the one killing which takes place on-screen is not particularly bloody. Unfortunately, some obscenities and strong profanities occur near the end of the film, which further weakens FRAILTY.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Distributor:
Lions Gate Films, 4553 Glencoe Ave., Ste. 200, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Summary
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (6) times Mild 2; Moderate 4

Obscene Language: Few (2) times - F-word

Profanity: Several (6) times Regular 5 (GD 4, JC); Exclamatory 1 (OMG)

Violence: Many times Moderate (several axe killings off camera - sounds imply affect, off camera suicide - sounds, man falls down stairs, man hit with axe sticks in his chest, brief image of dead man with slit throat, brief image of dead childs body being dragged, man stabs woman behind sheet blood on sheet as a result)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Man claims to see visions from God/ believes hes chosen to kill demons posing as people, comment that truth sometimes defies reason, comment about truth coming only through faith, positive messages about faith all come from the killer

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults


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