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Creepy and disturbing, Frailty is well-crafted, low-key horror.
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Paxton steals the show. And O'Leary more than holds his own again here. Too bad it's in a movie that fails to live up to its potential.
A resoundingly old-fashioned and well crafted study of evil infecting an American family, "Frailty" moves from strength to strength on its deceptive narrative course.
Paxton's first movie as director is better than you might expect. It has a first rate cast, and Bill Butler's camerawork and some deft editing help to crank up the tension.
Paxton not only directs but acts, so there was a double threat. But he does both with so much commitment that the film is a revelation.
Bill Paxton's directing debut stands alone in a horror genre currently infested with pert teens and knowing plot tics.
With an admirably dark first script by Brent Hanley, Paxton, making his directorial feature debut, does strong, measured work.
... marvelously off-balance and under-the-skin creepy from the first few minutes.
Frailty is disturbing, all right, but then so is sticking needles in your eyes. And I wouldn't recommend either.
...a solid thriller from a promising first-time director.
Violent and ultimately uneven and unsatisfying.
One of the best horror mysteries ever conceived and yet one constantly over looked.
Frailty marks a fine directorial debut for Bill Paxton. He judges the material expertly and brings it to the boil effectively ...
Bill Paxton and the guy from those lincoln car commercials? What an incredible duo. Hard not to feel blessed seeing 2 titans on the industry doing what they do best
A man walks into the offices of the FBI and declares that he knows the identity of a high profile serial killer, and sets about convincing the sceptical agent in charge by recounting the events of his life. Until Matthew McConaghey's recent catharsis as to the quality of the projects he becomes involved with, his career was littered with turds but this is far from the worst offender. It's a supernatural thriller in which the childhood victim of a murderous religious zealot tells of how the life of his younger brother and he were turned upside down by their father's "holy mission" which sets the scene for an intriguing story. McConaghey makes a suitably intense and enigmatic lead and his verbal sparring with disbelieving Powers Boothe works well. Unfortunately Bill Paxton's inexperience behind the lens means the pacing is long-winded rather than atmospheric and there are a few instances where the film looks plain amateurish. But the biggest problem is its reliance on the proverbial and extremely obvious "twist ending" which totally undermines what could've been a powerful statement on how blind faith could cause a good man to commit evil deeds, instead making for a hokey X-File. Still, it's far from Matthew's worst moment and is worth a look if you're looking for an off-beat thriller with a supernatural flavour.
Sloppy B-movie trying to pass as sophisticated horror. Even though its script is seriously bad and repetitive, Frailty does manage to hold your attention. Actor/director Bill Paxton offers a lackluster performance, but Matt O'Leary, Jeremy Sumpter and Matthew McConaughey make up for that. The film also features some outstanding camerawork and editing, but ultimately fails due to awful writing.
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