Frailty

Frailty

Bill Paxton (2001)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Actor Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic) makes his directorial debut with this haunting tale about a family torn apart by religious fanaticism and madness. Texan Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey) tells FBI agent Doyle (Powers Boothe) that he can identify the serial killer he is looking for - an axe murderer known as "God's Hand" - and relates, in flashback, his own horrifying family history. Raised by a loving widower (played by Paxton), Fenton and his brother are awakened one night by their father who informs them that God has chosen the family for a mission: to rid the world of demons that disguise themselves as human beings. Using the "less is more" maxim - no gore, just powerful imagery, a chilling "Southern Gothic" atmosphere and shattering sound effects - Paxton's assured, if morbidly bleak, creepshow really gets under the skin.

Summary

A man tells the FBI his brother is the serial killer spreading terror through the community. As the police strive to prevent further murders, it emerges that his unhinged sibling is claiming the crimes are the work of God - and the roots of the cause lies buried in his childhood. Thriller, directed by and starring Bill Paxton. With Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe and Matthew O'Leary.

Cast & Crew

Dad Bill Paxton
Fenton Meiks/Adam Meiks Matthew McConaughey
Agent Wesley J Doyle Powers Boothe
Young Fenton Matthew O'Leary
Sheriff Smalls Luke Askew
Young Adam Meiks Jeremy Sumpter
Agent Griffin Hull Derk Cheetwood
Becky Meiks Missy Crider
Director Bill Paxton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Drama