A follows an FBI investigation in present day Texas. Fenton Meiks, a young man, approaches the lead FBI investigator, claiming he knows the identity of a serial killer who calls himself "God's Hands." The FBI agent is curious, but unimpressed until Fenton reveals that the killer is his younger brother Adam. Fenton recounts in a series of flashbacks, how he and his brother grew up in a very loving family, raised by their widowed father. All that changed, the day his father awoke, believing he had been visited by an angel and given a mission to destroy "demons" - seemingly normal looking people, who walked this earth as pure evil. Fenton's father, and then his brother Adam, swore to carry out this 'divine' mission. Fenton refused to participate in the killings. Out of loyalty however, he refused to go to the police, until now. The FBI agent follows Fenton to the family's rose garden only to be surprised that neither evil nor innocence are what they seem.
In the scary horror thriller, Bill Paxton is a Texan widower and father of two boys who is visited by an angel instructing him to destroy demons disguised as humans. He enlists his sons as collaborators in a series of gruesome ax murders carried out as a holy crusade. Although the older boy knows his father has gone mad, the younger one naively believes his dad. The story is told in flashback years later by one of the sons (Matthew McConaughey) to a federal agent. Just when you think you know what happened, the ingeniously twisty plot proves you wrong. — Stephen Holden
2002-04-12 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Frailty