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 mechanic who suddenly receives a vision from God and becomes a religious fanatic. Meiks saw an angel that revealed his special purpose in a battle with the devil, and told him that God would provide him with three magical weapons. An axe, some gloves, and a pipe.
With the guidance of God and his magical weapons, Daddy Meiks begins to round up the daemons and execute them, burying them in the rose gardens next to their house. But Fenton doesn't believe in Dad's visions. He believes Dad is killing in cold blood.
The movie switches back and forth from Fenton's memories of what happened in 1979 and present day where he is confessing to Agent Doyle. But not all is as you think it is, and the ending will bring a very satisfactory surprise. Who, or what, exactly is the daemon here? 'Frailty' earns a solid five stars. Enjoy!
**** 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 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 … 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
I want to thank Everyone for welcoming me back! :) I'm here to stay folks, my sabbatical on writing reviews is over and I'll continue to review for Lunch. It's great to be back, too! Thanks again for … more
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