R | 1h 40min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 12 April 2002 (USA)
FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the spontaneous declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father’s delusions to have a divine mission as avenging angel required him and his brother Adam to become his ‘demon-slaying’ murder accomplices. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesomely.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for violence and some language
I first saw the trailer for Frailty on Yahoo Movies way back in the day, after hearing Stephen King praise it to high heaven. Not really a fan of either star, I still wanted to see it because I’m a huge thriller fan.
I was not disappointed. The acting was superb, especially from the two young boys. Usually I loathe child actors, but Young Adam and Young Fenton were excellent. Bill Paxton really did a good job of directing it too. It was beautifully shot.
One must also note the plot twists. The three twists at the end hit hard and fast, and I didn’t see them coming. The final twist of the film, coupled with the gravity of what had just been revealed, gives me chills to this day, even though I’ve re-watched the film so many times.
A true gem.
Director: Bill Paxton
Writer: Brent Hanley
Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe
Country: USA | Germany
Release Date: 12 April 2002 (USA)
Filming Locations: Los Angeles Center Studios – 450 S. Bixel Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA