Fenton Mieks (Matthew McConaughey) goes to the FBI one night and calmly tells the agent (Powers Boothe) that his father and brother were mass murderers known as the "God's Hands Killers." In flashbacks, we see young Fenton and little brother Adam sharing a good life with their father (Bill Paxton), until the night Dad claimed he was visited by an angel and told to destroy demons. Dad received the names of his victims from God, brought them home to be killed, and then buried them in a nearby rose garden with the help of his sons. Little Adam thinks this is all great, but Fenton thinks Dad is crazy. For his disbelief, Dad puts Fenton down in the "dungeon" and leaves him there...
This is quite a creepy, intense, and effective thriller that has kept me glued to the screen for five viewings. The first time, I was confused about what I saw, but my questions have since been answered. The script is terrific - the father commits horrifying acts in an almost serene way, because he is convinced he's doing the right thing; this keeps you wondering: Is he really divinely called to kill demons, or is he just insane?
Star/director Bill Paxton is completely convincing and scary as the father, and Matt O'Leary gives a heartbreaking performance as young Fenton. This is an unusual and unforgettable horror story.
**** out of **** A strange and ominous man (Matthew McConaughey) is seated in an FBI office. He introduces himself as Fenton Meiks; the agent whose office he has entered goes by the name of Doyle (Powers Booth). The later has no idea what the former wants. He finds this oddball searching through his stuff when he finally arrives to the office after being called down to meet with Mr. Meiks. The agent is currently investigating a murder case centering on the infamous "God's … more
This film is a great respite from the usual characature of the insane axe-wielding human (in this case The God's Hand Serial Killer)and takes us through a more spiritual journey. After being visited by an angel and given three special weapons by God, himself - Bill Paxton and his two sons are drafted in God's Army. Bill has been given a list of "demons" by an angel and instructed to destroy them, with explicit details on how to accomplish the destroying and burying of the … more
Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey) walks into a police station and confesses to Agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) that he knows who the God's Hand Killer is - insisting it's his brother Adam, who just recently killed himself. The movie then fades back to 1979 as Fenton begins telling his story to Agent Doyle. Adam and Fenton (the boys are expertly played by young Jeremy Sumpter and Matt O'Leary), are being raised by their father Mr. Meiks (Bill Paxton). Mieks is an everyday … more
Pros: Great Script and tension Cons: Nothing. The Bottom Line: One of the best films in recent memory. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. The line between madness and sanity can often be reduced to a matter of perspective. For example, Joan of Arc. To some she was a divine messenger, to others she was deluded person who in modern times would be called a cult leader, as she claimed … more