Friday, July 8, 2016

Frailty (2001)

Lions Gate Films
Directed by Bill Paxton
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Lions Gate)

Single dad Bill Paxton is given a list of names from an angel during a vision. He is told the people are actually demons and he must kill them with the "holy axe" which he is lead to in a country barn lit by sunlight. He proceeds to link the names to real people and, along with his two young children, murder them with the axe. The oldest boy realizes his father is crazy, but the younger, more impressionable one, is brainwashed by his father into believing they are killing demons, not people. This story is bracketed by an unnecessarily confusing narrative many years later in which one of the boys is confessing to the FBI. A few good plot twists, but just as many predictable moments, and I noticed at least one flashback-within-a-flashback, in this entertaining look at the dark side of religion.

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