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Though it stars Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, and Powers Booth, all very good actors, the movie Frailty is overly long and didactic. It’s message is too obvious, almost in your face. It’s about a Texas father with two young sons who receives a vision from an angel telling him to destroy demons. With the aid of his sons, one of whom resists, he captures and kills whomever the angel puts on his list. In other words, he becomes a serial killer. Despite its shortcomings, however, the film contains an important parable.

Once the father dies, the two sons continue his mission. They are, of course, hysterical paranoids of the religious variety. A type of person who is now rather too common in the world—someone who trusts faith over reason, who believes he speaks with (and for) God, and who is willing to kill in the name of his faith.

While watching the film, I was reminded of a new slogan that has begun appearing on bumper stickers in this country: “Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8.” When you open the Bible, you find that this particular verse reads, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.” Of course, the message is not hard to decipher. It is an advertisement for killers.

November 19, 2009   Comments Off on Frailty