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Frailty

4.2 out of 5 stars 433 customer reviews

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Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey. The chilling tale of a religious fanatic who believes he is charged with killing demons in human form-and enlists his two young sons to help him. 2001/color/99 min/R.

Special Features

  • "Atatomy of a Scene" from the Sundance Channel
  • "The Making of Frailty"
  • Deleted scenes
  • Still photo presentation

Product Details

  • Actors: Luke Askew, Brad Berryhill, Powers Boothe, Vincent Chase, Derk Cheetwood
  • Directors: Bill Paxton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUJR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Yes! Finally, it is here on DVD! I could not wait to purchase it!
"Frailty" is a dark and terrifying film that surprised me so many times. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, the next scene would prove me wrong. The complexity and creativeness that went into this film is so mind-blowing. It takes risks, and forces us to ask questions that are better left unanswered.
A series of murders has been contaminating a small town. The case is known as the "God's Hand". The movie starts with McConaughey entering the FBI station, claiming that he knows who the "God's Hand" killer is. With this, he tells his story and we witness shocking flashbacks to when he was a kid.
Paxton, who is also the director, stars as a very religious and loving father. His two sons, (remember, this is all McConaughey's story, so this entire part is the flashback) mean all the world to him. Everything seems perfect, until Paxton awakes his sons, telling him that an angel visited him at night, telling him that there were demons lurking around and they took the form of human-beings. He instructs his sons that they must "destroy" them. (Meaning, "killing.") The oldest son thinks his father has lost it, but he has no idea how far things are about to go. I cannot tell you anymore, otherwise it'll ruin the movie for you. Know this, however, you will be shocked, and you will feel disturbed when it is all said and done.
Bill Paxton does an outstanding job as a first time director. This is the type of movie that really requires talent from famous and acclaimed directors, but Paxton proves to us that not only can he act, but he can direct. Every shot in the movie is very well planned and laid out. He also proves exactly what kinds of emotions he wants his actors to show us.
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This film is a great respite from the usual characature of the insane axe-wielding human (in this case The God's Hand Serial Killer)and takes us through a more spiritual journey.
After being visited by an angel and given three special weapons by God, himself - Bill Paxton and his two sons are drafted in God's Army. Bill has been given a list of "demons" by an angel and instructed to destroy them, with explicit details on how to accomplish the destroying and burying of the corpses. A waitress, a young man, and an elderly gentleman are just a couple of the demons on the list.
One by one, Bill lays his bare hands on the demons/people before chopping them up with an axe named Otis, and he can "SEE" what evil they have done. Or so he says...
This film has lots of surprises, twists and turns, a ton of biblical prophesying along with the psychological/brainwashing aspects of the story. PLUS - Of course a GREAT ENDING!
Bill Paxton directed this sleeper and the two boys that play the younger, Fenton & Adam are great little actors. A nice bit part by Powers Boothe also... The DVD has lots of extras including some great deleted scenes. Highly recommended!
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I happened to catch this film on the Sci-Fi Channel on cable last night, and am I ever glad that I did! This has got to be one of the best films that I have ever seen in this genre. It is a veritable masterpiece, delivering a great storyline, an amazing directorial debut by Bill Paxton, and excellent performances by the entire cast. What could be better?

The film revolves around the happy and loving Meeks family, which consists of a Texas widower (Bill Paxton) and his two boys, Fenton and Adam. All is well until late one night, when this pleasant, mild-mannered father claims to have received a visitation from an angel with a very special message for him from God. It seems that demons are among us, disguised as human beings. It appears that Dad, as well as his boys, are being given a very special mission. They are to destroy these demons. God will supply the weapons and the names of those who are to be destroyed. Dad will be able to ensure that he is destroying a demon simply by laying his hands upon the purported demon. Therein lies the tale, and it is a positively chilling one.

This living nightmare is recalled in flashback by one of the now grown boys (Mathew McConaughey) to FBI Agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe), who is investigating a series of killings referred to as the "God's Hand" murders. He recounts what life was like for the Meeks family after dear old Dad got his divine calling and woke them up one night from a sound sleep to tell them of his new found mission. The boys are sworn to secrecy and are called upon to assist with this divine calling. While the younger boy, Adam, gets with the program, the older son, Fenton, is clearly disturbed by what he sees as the psychotic transformation of his formerly benign father.
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Depending on your definition of insanity is how you'll watch this film. As for me, I was screaming out "THESE PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!"

This gloomy horror begins with a meeting, between FBI agent Wesley Doyle, and Adam who is pretending to be Fenton his older brother (Matthew McConaughey), who claims to have information about the identity of the God's Hand killer, the case Doyle presides over.

Fenton jumps back in time to his childhood, revealing the relationship between himself, his younger brother Adam, and their father. They're a normal family who get along and seem to be doing well even without a mother figure. One night, things change. The father wakes his son's in the middle of the night to tell them of a vision from an angel. This angel spoke to him about his role as God's servant in destroying demons that walk the earth in human form. He claims that when he places his hands on the person, it will reveal them for who they really are. He says he will be receiving weapons and a list of those to be destroyed.

Okay so this is one hell of a nightmare right? So Fenton thinks!

Adam, willingly accepts his father's role (he thinks his dad is a superhero). Fenton, is like this is 100% WRONG! This is MURDER! OR IS IT?

The two story lines, past and present, weave into one another gracefully without missing a beat. McConaughey's character is questionable, and filled with so much mystery. But what about our F.B.I agent Doyle? Now that's a hell of a twist!

The ending is one of those that has you questioning what's real and what isn't......
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