Release Date: April 12, 2002
Pushed back from April 5, 2002

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Bill Paxton directs his first full-length feature with Frailty, a film that Hollywood Reporter describes as Se7en meets The Shining. Written by first-time scribe Brent Hanley, the story focuses on an FBI manhunt for a serial killer who calls himself God's Hand. A man named Fenton Meeks, played by Matthew McConaughey, walks into the offices of the agency and claims that his brother, Adam, is responsible for the murders. It seems that when Meeks and his brother were children, their father, played by Paxton, believed he was able to identify demons in people and set out to eradicate this plague. One of the sons saw him as a hero, while the other saw him as purely evil. Since the movie is a suspenseful thriller, you can be certain that it will take a number of twists and turns before the end.

The story is presented in non-linear fashion, using flashbacks to tell about the Meeks boys' disturbing childhood. To date, Frailty has been bounced around the release schedule several times, which is generally a danger sign as far as studio confidence goes. It remains to be seen how much support Lions Gate will throw behind the film, but given the dark subject matter and somewhat middling star power, it is probably best compared to similar films of the genre, such as The Gift and A Simple Plan. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

February 1, 2002
Frailty has been pushed back again, this time to the month of April (it has had multiple dates planned, including February 1st and March 15th of 2002 thus far). Stay tuned to see if it actually manages to stay there. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

March 19, 2002
Surely Frailty will eventually hit theaters, right? It recently was pushed back again, though this time it was only by a factor of one week. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Frailty
Main Cast Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe
Supporting Cast Matt O'Leary, Jeremy Sumpter, Luke Askew, Levi Kreis, Derk Cheetwood, Missy Crider
Director Bill Paxton
Screenwriter Brent Hanley
Distributor Lions Gate
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Rating R
Running Time 100 minutes
Screen Count 1,497
Awards Awards page for Frailty
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for Frailty
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Se7en 9/22/9513.95 19.33 2441 5715.00 7620.0 100.12 138.78 7.18
Angel Eyes 5/18/019.23 9.85 2375 3884.00 3987.1 24.04 25.65 2.50
Gift, The 1/19/013.46 3.69 805 4299.00 4413.1 11.95 12.75 3.44
Simple Plan, A 1/22/993.42 4.07 660 5182.00 5916.5 16.31 19.43 3.70
Usual Suspects, The 9/15/953.02 4.18 874 3455.00 4606.7 23.16 32.10 4.56



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