Frailty

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Released 2002

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Director:
Bill Paxton
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Frailty is a 2002 thriller about a family of three men who are either servants of God on a quest to rid the world of Evil, or deranged mad men obsessed with justifying their slaughters as religious acts. Bill Paxton plays Dad, who tells his two young boys he's been charged by God to kill demons. When he touches people, he's capable of seeing the crimes they've committed in the past. If they've committed murder, Dad kills them with an axe. The film takes place in present day, when the two boys are grown up, although much of the story is told through flashbacks. Matthew McConaughey plays one of the children. He goes to speak with FBI Agent Doyle (Powers Boothe), following the death of his brother. He claims the many unsolved "God's Hand" murders are his brother's fault, and now that he's dead he can tell the story of their childhood. However, the spiritual killings may not be over yet. Frailty is a tense psychological thriller and Bill Paxton's directorial debut.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Paxton's Dad may be the most terrifying father to appear in a horror film since Jack Nicholson went crazily homicidal in "The Shining."

  • 90

    Variety Robert Koehler

    A resoundingly old-fashioned and well crafted study of evil infecting an American family, Frailty moves from strength to strength on its deceptive narrative course.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Well-crafted, disturbing Texas gothic thriller, a completely spooky piece of business that gets under your skin and, some plot blips aside, stays there for the duration.

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Drama, Suspense

Themes

Religion & Spirituality, Murder & Mayhem, Crime, Thrillers