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Frailty [DVD]
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2004
This film is simple yet keeps you gripped througout! An excellent thriller with a brilliannt end to it all.
Frailty is one those gems that can be easily missed but when you do watch it - you'll always wonder how it got away!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2011
Well this one pretty much escaped under the radar! Often described as a horror film it is really much more of a psychological thriller which was beautifully and thoughtfully directed by Bill Paxton who plays the father of the two boys.

Paxton avoids resorting to gore and instead leads us through a moral quagmire where things may or may not be as they seem. By the end I had been surprised by the turn of events more than once.

It is criminal that this movie was ignored and let's just hope that Paxton gets further chances to shine as a gifted director. Highly recommended!
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on 30 April 2014
Not much more to say - its brilliant and well worth a watch. It was thought provoking, surprising and enlightening throughout. We are mere mortals so who really has the say on death and judgement?
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on 12 April 2014
Underrated, hidden gem of a film with a great twist (no spoilers). Bill Paxton's directorial debut, I think. Quality, intelligent horror/drama. A must have in my library.
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on 23 October 2013
a dark thriller. well acted .Not for the squeamish minded viewer but fascinating in its storyline.Sums up the American nut religions.
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on 6 September 2013
WORTH A VIEW. KEEPS YOU GRIPPED ALL THE WAY. ONE OF BILLS BEST WORKS.
WATCH A SECOND TIME TO MAKE SURE YOU MISS NOTHING.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2004
After seeing this film I was left both confused and contemplative. Great story, good plot, and good acting from the younger actors and also a great performance from Paxton. Contains a few twists towards the end to spice things up a bit. Not necessarily full of rollercoaster thrills, but more of a slow working film that slowly builds to an intriguing climax. Rather twisted, but recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2012
This is an excellent film, i would of loved more in depth background but the film would of been ruined it cracks along at a fair pace, don't worry won't spolil the film, on what happens after this and that, Bill Paxton directs with a deft touch, his character could of over powered every scene he was in but he plays with such intense belief and conviction, you think tumor or nutter? Provided no one has ruined the film for you it is a must to watch.

I want to say more i really do other reviews have dropped hints which could spoli your pleasure.

I will say this, it is a work of a dedicated cast, it does seem a little stilted but the storey is being told from the perspective of a young boy 20 plus years later so it would seem a little under written, but it isn't, it is by turns horrifing, bewildering and thought provking and some things you will not see coming, unless you are a lying douche.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bill Paxton makes his directoral debut and also features in Frailty as the deluded(?) father of two boys who believes he and his young sons have been chosen by God to slay demons that exist in their midst (a la the television series Supernatural)
it is a very safe thriller (not horror in my estimations) in so far as it plays out in a quite understated formulaic way underpinned by a religious narrative. It's not really my thing, that's not to say it's a bad film I just prefer more visceral or cerebral schlock. I'd imagine you'd enjoy this if as with most people you like films such as The Usual Suspects which is watchable but ultimately unfulfilling for me. I'll prepare for the negative onslaught, I find it difficult to conjure up much more of a description of this film partly to avoid giving away any spoilers but mainly because it doesn't possess enough real substance.
The family of three embark on their killing crusade despite the reluctance of the elder son to become involved in what he sees as his fathers insane beliefs. Sons grow up (one allegedly to be the 'God's Hand' serial killer) but is all it seems....? etc
Watchable but forgettable. Contains no gore, nudity or much in the way of swearing with a religious subtext. if I'd have known this beforehand I would probably have avoided it but it's not wholly a waste of an hour and a half either.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2011
This is a fine movie, heavily reminiscent of the The Usual Suspects for set-up and dénouement. Bill Paxton is to be commended on producing such an inventive first feature. Unfortunately I also found it lacking in structure with a botched, haphazard ending that could have been handled much more successfully.

The premise is quite stark: A widowed father claims to have been given a vision and mission from God to destroy demons; people he believes God has told him are evil. Suddenly the lives of his two children are thrown into chaos. The older child refutes utterly his fathers calling, claiming him to be nothing but a murderer, but the younger boy is a believer.

The story is told in flash back by the older child, now grown up to an FBI officer, in a similar play to that followed in the Usual Suspects. As the story unfolds a definite empathy builds for the horrific situation the older boy finds himself in; is his father having visions or is he just a serial killer? And there are several heart-stopping moments of drama and genuine shock.

This part of the movie works well and, despite the grimness of the story and situation, is quite gripping. Unfortunately, I also feel this method of storytelling, flash-back, is detrimental to the flow of the film. The beginning and middle, concentrating on the Father and two boys, would have benefited from a continuous, monologue free, presentation. The interview of the now grown older child coming only at the end of the drama he faced as a boy, and only as he is with the FBI officer in the car being driven back to his Fathers old house.

That ending too suffers from feeling slightly rushed. The reveal, the secrets, could have been held right until almost the last two or three scenes. Instead the twist is explained away in a shockingly bad "now I shall reveal everything" type speech by the bad guy to the FBI agent. It's clunky at best, yet would need only a minimal rewrite to have kept the tension and reveal until the very end, giving it a genuine Usual Suspects level of twist.

Despite my qualms this is a great film and recommended for fans of films like The Sixth Sense,Se7en and the aforementioned Usual Suspects. It's dramatic and exciting, psychologically scary rather than overloaded with blood and gore and has enough tension and thrills, and a great final twist, to make further viewings worthwhile and rewarding.
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