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A widower tells his two sons about his encounter with an angel. He must convince them that God has chosen their family to be the guardians of good. Demon-chasing weapons are dispersed in certain strategic locations. He writes up the list of preys and brings his two sons to help them understand and assume their destiny.

The oldest of his children observes at the situation from a distance. To his eyes, a murder remains a murder. Adam, the oldest, is trusted by his father but his scepticism disturbs him.

The events are revisited when Adam tells on his brother, after his suicide.





Slow but with reason, Frailty constantly questions the intentions and stability of its characters. The two young actors give birth to two characters that could have easily fallen into annoyance. Bill Paxton interprets the tumultuous father. His love for his children is absolute, even though he becomes impulsive and excessive towards the eldest, the sceptic. In his eyes, he sincerely believes he is doing good. His opinion about mental deficiencies is agile, flawless even.

The special effects donít all quite match up. The paranormal events take their source in subtlety. The dialogue, the suspense, the direction and the actors develop a story that will simultaneously please psychological drama fans and those who have an interest in the paranormal. The movie concludes with an interesting revelation but it leaves room for discussion. Atheists and those who despise Catholicism will have trouble facing the assumption that Frailty has concerning the existence of God. In fact, we are never promised such a reality.

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Memorables aspects
- Adam is locked into a subterranean shelter he was forced to dig up.
- The final punch.

Memorables characters
- The father (Bill Paxton)
- Adam (Matthew McConaughey, Jeremy Sumpter)
- Fenton (Matt O'Leary)

Released in: 2001

Movie type: Horror - Thriller - Drama - Love - Diseases - Religions

Films in similar category:
Hole, The
Psycho II
Kiss the Girls
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( 2004-03-21 )  

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