There is a lost art in Hollywood which negatively affects a great number of modern day motion pictures: the art of storytelling. These days, major film studios are content to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on CGI effects,over the top explosions and big screen smoke and mirrors to distract you from a thin (near transparent) plot and storyline. Bill Paxton's Frailty is the enthuses of the new century, big budget "Michael Bay-esque" flick. Frailty is a damn good story, actually one of the best of the genre (in my humblest of humble opinions).
Frailty begins with a young man named Fenton Meeks (Matthew McConaughey) who walks into a Texas FBI headquarters one night and proceeds to tell the investigator in charge that he thinks he knows who the "Gods Hands" serial murderer is...his own brother. Agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) continues to play along as Fenton continues to tell an elaborate, spine tingling tale. In a superb sequence of flashbacks, in what seemed to be a normal 'father and two sons relationship,' turns on a dime. Dad (Paxton) wakes up one morning and tells the boys he was visited by an Angel who commanded him to kill "Demons" that walked amongst us disguised as everyday humans. Fenton refused to partake while his brother Adam (Jeremey Sumpter) swore to help dear old Dad carry out his divine mission form God. But like most good stories, nothing is, as it appears.
Paxton's first time behind the camera near rivals his superb acting in Frailty. His directorial work is strong and well measured. The script contains many complex layers in both character and story, spread across a twenty year time line--it could have easily been mishandled. Instead, Paxton sewed together an engrossing, spellbinding tale. An" A-list" cast for a horror film is tough to come by. This ensemble of top notch actors, without a doubt, took some pressure off of the first time director. The acting is excellent, there is not a weak performance to be found. The one knock on the film is it's predictability at times. Other than that, it's a well spent 90 minutes.
Frailty captures the essence of a good old-fashion horror story. If you're looking for blood and guts, pass this one up. If your in the mood for the cinematic equivalent to a novel you begin reading and you just can't put it down, this is one for you. Pick it up at your local Blockbuster, to find the closest one near you, click here.
Rating: 9 out of 10 Ghouls