Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam war veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.
The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the spontaneous declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father's delusions to have a divine mission as avenging angel required him and his brother Adam to become his 'demon-slaying' murder accomplices. And how hard an dangerously revolting proved. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesomely. Written by
The timing of light flooding the bedroom is a little bit off at 17:46 when Dad opens the curtains in the boys' room because it was shot on a stage. In the director commentary, Bill Paxton adds "It doesn't bother me, stuff like that." See more »
It's not fair! All I get to see are demons and Fenton gets to see God!
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Ball & Chain
Performed by Dale Watson
Written by Dale Watson
Courtesy of Hightone Records
Published by Bug Music o/b/o Watson Texas Music (BMI), and Songs of Windswept Pacific
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Making or watching a horror movie about crazy people is not that crazy nowadays - it must be the times, news are probably more unsane than much of the screen or literary fiction. 'Frailty' is the story of a family of serial killers who behave like a low-class American family drawn crazy by the father's religious visions. However unsane and fantastic this seems, we have heard worse in the news already.
The film is worth watching, though I confess it is not exactly my genre, neither my preferred style. Bill Paxton plays the lead role, and he also directs in what seems to be his first major movie. Directing is a little bit HBO style, with a touch of X-Files. I hate story telling in the background, and this movie has a lot of it. Having children involved in the making of such a dark movie is problematic, but well, this is what the story is about... The script is interesting enough to keep interest, it has twists and surprises that compensate the conventional cinema making that dominates the movie. The final message is rather ambiguous, and I am wondering if some viewers may take it as a kind of justification for serial killing on religious basis, though this may not have been at all the intention.
Not bad, overall. 7/10 on my personal scale.
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