Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A not so frail movie, after all

Just finished watching Frailty.

For a thriller the movie has got loads of disturbing moments that work, but ultimately has a plot I personally found more predictable than through-provoking.  That is not to say the movie is a bad one, however, considering my exposure to films can be quite a challenge to surprise.  The movie stars Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Matthew O'Leary and Jeremy Sumpter in a tale about a religious fanaticism, murder and the fight against "demons."  Clearly the question the movie has its viewers ask is, "Is the father, who believes he is doing God's will by killing "demons" crazy?  Or actually divinely inspired?"

The movie knows Matthew McConaughey in a role that pushes his acting range.  Here, he presents himself as a disturbed yet contained character, with just enough of a drawl to make you still wonder how much innocence can be behind his tired eyes.  Interestingly enough, the movie avoids quoting scripture for all its religious mania, and still nicely maintains a realistic feel.

The kids were exceptional in their roles, however.  I found myself finding their exchanges to sound very natural and very honest.  I do hope they find more and more roles in movies to come.

Save for an epilogue which felt ultimately too long, the epilogue however does serve to truly and finally answer the posed question - which may or may not be something the viewers would rather have had answered.

Worth watching?  For the thrills, definitely.
For the twist, not so much.  I doubt many would fail to "call it" based on my review alone.

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