I first saw this film by accident, picking up the wrong video in the store, however subsequently i was very glad i did. Paxton eloquently explores how, under the influence of something that he perceives as completely true, one man can follow his beliefs to any end. however, just as the film seems to be progressing to a logical conclusion and being a horror film that focuses largely on the psychological impact of spiritual experiences, he introduces a whole new dimension to the film. this could appear as if the film takes a completely new tack and has decided, as many before it have unsuccessfully attempted, to deal with multiple issues by adding another theme onto the end. this is not the case because as the film is explained, in the same vein as the "Usual Suspects", it becomes apparent that everything that has gone before has a purpose, even the most seemingly insignificant details, and that this is not just a discussion about fanaticism. also, unlike many films in Hollywood, there is little desire to fill the script with gratuitous swearing, or needless violence. true there are a couple of instances of swearing but it is not littered in the script like many blockbusters, and the violence is made horrific by being left to the imagination, with the use of sound conveying the act of murder. For a directorial debut this is a fantastic film, with Matthew McConaughey giving his best performance to date. one of those films that when you rewatch it it becomes better as you pick out more of the subtle hints and touches Paxton leaves in to interest the audience.