Written by: Googopqp
You don't need monsters to make a horror film! And Bill Paxton certainly proves that in Frailty, a film that he not only directed but also acted in. Paxton plays a father of two boys and one night he wakes up his children in the middle of the night and tells them he was just visited by an angel. The angel told him that he has been chosen to destroy demons and that he will be sent three weapons to do so. Fenton, the older of the two children, finds all this to be very strange but passes it off like a dream. Until his father starts bringing home some of those weapons, Then, some "demons"! But these demons look like normal people. So as Fenton watches his father murder in front of his face he begins to lose his faith. (as not to cause spoilers I will not go further there), now some odd years later, Fenton is a grown man, played by Matthew McConaughey, and cannot live with the guilt so he decides to go to the police and unfold his past story about how his brother is the wanted "God's Hand" killer of the present time. (Not a spoiler, happens first 3 minutes of movie)
Not only is Frailty a dark and creepy movie based around religion and murder but its also very well acted and has a great script surrounding it. The movie starts off fast and keeps you held until the very end.
This is also a film that must be seen to the end to understand, and I love taht in a film. I have seen this movie about 3 or 4 times now and you begin to notice things that lead to the ending. You may be watching this and thinking, "What the hell is going on?", and if you are it will all make sense in the end, and you may actually wanna watch it again!
Bill Paxton is a good actor, and he proves here that he is also a good director. He creates a suspensefull dark depressing horror film that revolves around a normal man gone mad. Its so well acted all around, even in the lead child actor, and all this does is make you feel sorry or afraid of the characters in the given situations.
This is a real horror film! I know it may be much saying that but it is true. This isn't some cheesy monster film or a gorefest, it is a real horror film. It also proves you don't need blood to get you squirming in your seat, its a powerful film and its one I highly recommend!
Overall, this is a must see horror film that I love, its hard to talk about the film without giving hints to the end so all I can say is, You must see it to understand! I give Frailty a deserving 8/10!!!!
-Dustin "Googopqp" M.