Frailty (2001)

DailyView: Day 89, Movie 153

Today’s DailyView is a tense and suspenseful thriller frim the early 2000s called Frailty, starring and directed by the late, great Bill Paxton.

A man (Matthew McConaughey) walked into the FBI offices claiming to know the identity of the God’s Hand Killer, a infamous serial killer the FBI had been searching for. He then started to recount an account of his childhood where his father (Bill Paxton) said he was spoken to by God to start to destroy demons. The two boys, Fenton (Matt O’Leary) and Adam (Jeremey Sumpter), struggled with the mission their father had undertaken.

I am not sure how I feel about this one. I would say 3/4th of the film was intense and anxiety filled. Watching the two boys, especially Matt O’Leary who is excellent here, going through such a horrible childhood, I was filled with dread. I was hoping for something to work out.

However, with the way the movie ended, there was a twist ending that completely reconfigured how the audience would look at the film, I had some real problems with it. I can’t really go into it without spoiling the twist, but I was disappointed with what happened.

This is an example of a movie that had been doing extremely well only to go off the rails with the third act. It felt like one of the M. Night Shyamalan twists that did not fit with the story they had been telling, like it was tacked on afterwards. It was a disappointment.

Bill Paxton was outstanding as the crazy father. Both young boys were excellent. Powers Boothe played the FBI Agent Wesley Doyle and he made a really strong foil for McConaughey. It started with a True Detective vibe to it for sure.

I enjoyed a good chunk of this movie, but I was not a fan of how it wrapped up which tainted the whole movie.

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