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Frailty Frailty Review

Directed By: Bill Paxton.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Matthew O'Leary, Luke Askew and Powers Boothe.

Synopsis: Bill Paxton makes a helluva first choice for his directorial debut. Frailty is the tale of the FBI hunt for a serial killer who calls himself God's Hands. A man, Fenton Meeks (McConaughey) comes forth to tell the FBI that he thinks his brother Adam may be the man they're looking for. The film uses flashbacks to tell the story of Meeks' disturbing childhood at the hands of a father (Paxton) who believed he was on a divine mission to destroy demons that inhabit human bodies. Heavy stuff considering this is the man who played Chet in Weird Science...sorry, just had to throw that in there.

I have to admit. I don't know how these quote things work. You know those quotes that you always see advertised with movies pumping up the picture? I don't know if these are actual quotes or if movie companies just pay the 'quoted' a fee to use their name. I guess it doesn't matter, but a certain quote tipped the scales in my decision to see this film. The quote was
"The most disturbing film I've seen since The Shining" - Sam Raimi.
Whether or not he actually said that, it still plants the seed if you know what I mean and when I hear the name Sam Raimi, I snap to attention. I guess that was the desired effect.

I don't want to mislead you so let me say that Frailty is not a bad film. It really boils down to whether or not you're one of those people who care if you know how the movie is going to end. We've all been there, so I'll keep my review brief and just point out the positive points I observed.

This film is lifted a little higher than average by its performances. The sincere interaction between Bill Paxton and his two sons, even amidst the outrageous subject matter, is Frailty's main strength. Bill Paxton, who also directed, should be commended for getting such great performances out of the two young newcomers, Matthew O'Leary and Jeremy Sumpter. The opening title sequence, accentuated with a ominous score by Brian Tyler is creative and sets up the mood nicely.

Like I said, brief. When I review a movie that's excellent, I can speak volumes about it, just like I can when a movie is garbage. However, when a film is in between somewhere, you can really only say so much. The sad thing about Frailty is that I think it could have been a better film, simply by making different editing decisions. A few small changes would have given it more bang and had me leave the theater a little more fulfilled.

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