On a dark and stormy night at FBI headquarters in Dallas, a strange man saunters in claiming his brother is the notorious ‘God’s Hand’ serial killer. Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey), then proceeds to tell FBI agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) his story from the beginning. As the movie flashes back to Fenton (Matthew O’Leary) as a boy, we learn he grows up in a motherless house with his younger brother Adam (Jeremy Sumpter) and his widower Dad (Bill Paxton). Life is fine until Dad receives a ‘vision from God’ that the family will become demon hunters. ‘God’ eventually provides the weapons, and the family begins to kidnap and kill ‘demons’ masquerading as people. Fenton eventually connects his family’s actions with more recent killings, but that is only the beginning of this chilling horror story.
FRAILTY, while somewhat bizarre and incredibly grim, is an intense and entertaining thriller from first time director/actor Bill Paxton. The film surprisingly refrains from gore, with very little violence actually seen on camera. All but one killing are implied by sounds. Unfortunately, some vulgar language occurs near the end of the film, which further weakens FRAILTY.