Frailty DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 7.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   N/A
Total 7.0
Distributor: Paramount
Running Time:
96 minutes
Classification:
 MA15+
Reviewer:
Brett Bowman

7.0


Frailty

The Godís Hand Killer has terrorized Texas for years, with FBI agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) no closer to stopping or uncovering the culprit.  Then into agent Doyleís office walks Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey) who claims to not only know the full truth behind the Godís Hand Killer, but also claims to have the culpritís body outside in a stolen ambulance.  Fentonís father (Bill Paxton) believes he was given a purpose from God to hunt down and destroy demons disguised as people.  He has been given magical weapons for his quest, and sets about fulfilling it with the help of his young sons Fenton (Matt OíLeary) and Adam (Jeremy Sumpter).  Fenton is reluctant to follow his fatherís plans and soon begins questioning him and his quest. 

Bill Paxton, in his directorial debut, has crafted a tight little thriller; tense and suspenseful.  Fenton Meiks story draws you into the film, watching as his whole world changes once his father receives a visit from God, informing him of his righteous mission.  However not all is as it seems, is father Meiks merely crazy, or has he truly been contracted by God to rid the world of demons.  The scripts ambiguity is Frailtyís greatest strength, the films ending opening up only more questions about the events depicted. 

Bill Paxton in his role as father Meiks, whilst creepily believable, is overshadowed by the performances of the two young actors playing his children OíLeary and Sumpter.  It is easy to identify with OíLearyís Fenton, scared of what his father is becoming, and what it may mean for his own future.  Sumpter plays gives Adam a wide eyed innocence, wholly believing whatever his father tells him, and hoping one day he can be just like dad.  Rounding out the cast is the ably talented Matthew McConaughey in a darker role than he is known for as the grown up Fenton, and Powers Boothe as the intrigued FBI agent. 

Frailty looks and sounds great, unfortunately, trailer aside no special features are located on the disc Ė a commentary from Paxton discussing his first feature as director would have been interesting.  As it stands Frailty is an intriguing mystery thriller with enough suspense and a few genuine scares to keep anyone entertained.






 
 



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