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Believe or not!
Fifteen minutes in, the hook is introduced. And there you have it, a father recruiting his kids in a demon hunt. He’s having visions, so he’s either psychotic or blessed by God. The difference between magic and mental illness is what everyone else sees. The father, played by Bill Paxton in one of his best roles, involves his two kids in his madness. The oldest one doesn’t like it one bit...
The kids are played by young Matt O'Leary and Jeremy Sumpter. We instantly buy them as brothers. Adult Adam, one of them, is played by Matthew McConaughey, years later, who retells to an FBI agent what is pretty much a period piece to us. The main timeline takes place in 1979, when people still had simple lives; before the internet and satellite television. It’s also when we stopped praying.
This is a brutal film, but the violence is not particularly graphic. A lot is accomplished through clever, tight editing. Sound effects account for a lot when it comes to implicit pain. Frailty is kind of slow, but well-paced. The suspense constantly rises until it reaches an amazing third act that you won’t soon forget. This one will make you question your faith, or lack thereof...