Friday, March 18, 2011

Frailty (2001)

"No Soul Is Safe."

Synopsis: Fenton Meeks (Matthew McConaughey), comes forth to tell the FBI that his brother Adam may be the serial killer who calls himself God's Hands, who the FBI has been searching for. The film uses flashbacks to show Meeks' childhood with a father (Bill Paxton) who believed he was on a mission from God to destroy demons that inhabit human bodies. Fenton saw his dad as evil, while Adam saw him as a hero.

My Thoughts: I've always been a fan of Bill Paxton. I'm not sure exactly why. It could be because a large percentage of the films that he's in are badass. It could be because he directed the "Fish Heads" video from Barnes & Barnes back in the day. Whatever it is, I guess a gotta non-sexual man crush on the guy. So What!

Frailty is basically a homage to both the directing of Alfred Hitchcock & the writing of Stephen King. With the help of a great cast (led by Paxton, with McConaughey and Powers Boothe ), this turned out to be a damn fine popcorn flick with a pretty good twist ending.

After watching "the making of" featurette, my only question is: Why doesn't Bill Paxton direct more movies? Besides the aforementioned "Fish Heads" video way back in 1980 and the golf movie "The Greatest Game Ever Played" in 2005, this is all he has done. For that he gets a WTF! Maybe now that Big Love's finished up he can get back behind the camera.

My Rating: 7.5 / 10

Definitely worth a watch, especially for Bill Paxton fans or if you're into Stephen King.

"click here to see the trailer"

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