History Film / Frailty

1st Apr '18 10:40:31 AM SeanMurrayI
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* HeelRealization: Subverted like whoa. At one point the father has Fenton build a dirt cellar and locks him in it so that Fenton can find his faith. [[spoiler:Instead of realizing his dad was right, he realizes he is a demon. He buries an axe in his dad's chest and becomes a serial killer.]]

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* HeelRealization: Subverted like whoa.Subverted. At one point the father has Fenton build a dirt cellar and locks him in it so that Fenton can find his faith. [[spoiler:Instead of realizing his dad was right, he realizes he is a demon. He buries an axe in his dad's chest and becomes a serial killer.]]
1st Apr '18 10:38:32 AM SeanMurrayI
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* TheEndingChangesEverything: And how! [[spoiler: TheReveal that not only is Fenton really Adam, but that he really can see demons, puts the entire movie in a new light. The fact that he's there to kill the agent in charge only adds to this. The ending also reveals that Adam was, indeed, protected from video surveillance (the VHS tape recording him at the FBI office had bad-tracking lines over his face) and an FBI agent ''who personally met and interacted with him fails to recognize him!'']]

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: And how! [[spoiler: TheReveal that not only is Fenton really Adam, but that he really can see demons, puts the entire movie in a new light. The fact that he's there to kill the agent in charge only adds to this. The ending also reveals that Adam was, indeed, protected from video surveillance (the VHS tape recording him at the FBI office had bad-tracking lines over his face) and an FBI agent ''who personally met and interacted with him fails to recognize him!'']]
1st Apr '18 10:38:13 AM SeanMurrayI
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Fenton Meiks ([=McConaughey=]) comes to a FBI agent (Boothe) with information about the notorious God's Hand Killer, who has been terrorizing the state of Texas. Through flashbacks, we learn about Fenton, his brother Adam, and his father (Paxton) who has a religious experience that plunges the entire family into turmoil. The father gathers his sons together one morning and tells them they are now soldiers in a heavenly war, and are charged with destroying demons on earth. The revelation splits the family: Adam and his dad are on one side, believing they are destroying demons; meanwhile Fenton believes they are murdering innocent people and is torn between loving his father and thinking he's completely off his rocker. Fenton makes a fateful decision and has come to the agent's office to relieve his guilt and confess his family's buried secrets...

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Fenton Meiks ([=McConaughey=]) comes to a an FBI agent (Boothe) with information about the notorious God's Hand Killer, who has been terrorizing the state of Texas. Through flashbacks, we learn about Fenton, his brother Adam, and his father (Paxton) who has a religious experience that plunges the entire family into turmoil. The father gathers his sons together one morning and tells them they are now soldiers in a heavenly war, and are charged with destroying demons on earth. The revelation splits the family: Adam and his dad are on one side, believing they are destroying demons; meanwhile Fenton believes they are murdering innocent people and is torn between loving his father and thinking he's completely off his rocker. Fenton makes a fateful decision and has come to the agent's office to relieve his guilt and confess his family's buried secrets...



* TwistEnding: [[spoiler:The man who calls himself Fenton Meiks is really ADAM Meiks, and he's only telling the story in order to get Agent Doyle out of the office to be destroyed. Yep, the father was really called by God to destroy demons: Agent Doyle is one, and so is Fenton, who ended up becoming a serial killer. Adam has been carrying on his father's work.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler:And how!]]

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* TwistEnding: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The man who calls himself Fenton Meiks is really ADAM Meiks, and he's only telling the story in order to get Agent Doyle out of the office to be destroyed. Yep, the father was really called by God to destroy demons: Agent Doyle is one, and so is Fenton, who ended up becoming a serial killer. Adam has been carrying on his father's work.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler:And how!]][[spoiler: "Fenton" Meiks' clearly told ''some'' lies in his story to Agent Doyle, considering that he later reveals himself to be Adam Meiks and the ''real'' God's Hand Killer.]]
1st Apr '18 9:49:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether

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* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogetherTheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: A single father tries to raise his two sons to assist him in his mission to wipe out "demons", which just look like normal people. However, [[spoiler: two of the family members were legitimately called by {{God}} to destroy demons (seriously) while the other one becomes a straight-up SerialKiller, and his first victim is his own father (who was one of the ones called by God).]]
1st Apr '18 9:40:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The entire premise of the film. According to Christian tradition, demons are pure spirit, without bodies and which cannot be destroyed. Although, according to Christian teaching, it is possible for a demon to possess someone, the remedy for possession is an exorcism. Possessed people are just as much victims of demons as anyone else, and are not necessarily at fault for being possessed. Killing the possessed person would have absolutely no effect on the demon.
** It's also possible that the use of the term "demon" here is used as a synonym for an irredeemably wicked human. This seems to be the case with [[spoiler:Fenton.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The entire premise of the film. According to Christian tradition, demons are pure spirit, without bodies and which cannot be destroyed. Although, according to Christian teaching, it is possible for a demon to possess someone, the remedy for possession is an exorcism. Possessed people are just as much victims of demons as anyone else, and are not necessarily at fault for being possessed. Killing the possessed person would have absolutely no effect on the demon.
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demon. It's also possible that the use of the term "demon" here is used as a synonym for an irredeemably wicked human. This seems to be the case with [[spoiler:Fenton.]]
1st Apr '18 9:32:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* SoulsavingCrusader: Adam and Fenton's father seems like a deranged SerialKiller at first who tortures and kills innocent people after hallucinating that he's been given a MissionFromGod to "destroy demons", but the ending reveals that [[spoiler:it was all true: those people really ''were'' demons and their father was a SerialKillerKiller.]]

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* SoulsavingCrusader: SoulSavingCrusader: Adam and Fenton's father seems like a deranged SerialKiller at first who tortures and kills innocent people after hallucinating that he's been given a MissionFromGod to "destroy demons", but the ending reveals that [[spoiler:it was all true: those people really ''were'' demons and their father was a SerialKillerKiller.]]
1st Apr '18 9:32:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* SoulsavingCrusader: Adam and Fenton's father seems like a deranged SerialKiller at first who tortures and kills innocent people after hallucinating that he's been given a MissionFromGod to "destroy demons", but the ending reveals that [[spoiler:it was all true: those people really were demons and their father was a SerialKillerKiller.]]

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* SoulsavingCrusader: Adam and Fenton's father seems like a deranged SerialKiller at first who tortures and kills innocent people after hallucinating that he's been given a MissionFromGod to "destroy demons", but the ending reveals that [[spoiler:it was all true: those people really were ''were'' demons and their father was a SerialKillerKiller.]]
1st Apr '18 9:25:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* SoulsavingCrusader: Adam and Fenton's father seems like a deranged SerialKiller at first who tortures and kills innocent people after hallucinating that he's been given a MissionFromGod to "destroy demons", but the ending reveals that [[spoiler:it was all true: those people really were demons and their father was a SerialKillerKiller.]]
9th Jul '17 8:22:07 PM Stellarvore
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** It's also possible that the use of the term "demon" here is used as a synonym for an irredeemably wicked human. This seems to be the case with [[spoiler:Fenton.]]
27th May '17 4:41:25 PM ErikModi
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* ShoutOut: Defied. The script called for Fenton to want to sneak into ''Film/{{Alien}'', but Bill Paxton changed the line to ''Film/TheWarriors'' instead, because he didn't want it to feel like a wink at the audience (Bill Paxton having been in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'').

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* ShoutOut: Defied. The script called for Fenton to want to sneak into ''Film/{{Alien}'', ''Film/{{Alien}}'', but Bill Paxton changed the line to ''Film/TheWarriors'' instead, because he didn't want it to feel like a wink at the audience (Bill Paxton having been in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'').
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