Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Matthew O'Leary and Bill
Director: Bill Paxton
Running Time: 100 mins
to buy on DVD 7th April
Demanding to see
the FBI agent in charge of the "God Hand" serial killer case, Fenton Meiks
(McConaughey) tells Agent Wesley Doyle (Boothe) that he believes that his
brother is behind the murders. Asking him why he thinks this, Fenton tells
the Doyle how his father (Paxton) believed that God had given him a sacred
task, to wipe out all the demons on Earth and that his brother was continuing
his father's holy quest.
Actor Bill Paxton
takes a seat in the director's chair for the first time and delivers a movie
that any directing veteran would be proud of.
This dark and moody
horror thriller has all the hallmarks Paxton's director friends Sam Raimi
and James Cameron, especially Raimi's A Simple Plan and The Gift. His use
of light and shadow to enhance the suspense make this a creepy and unsettling
piece of horror. Seeing the events from a child's prospective and the religious
elements of the plot only adds to the disturbing nature of the terror, giving
the movie an extra edge.
flashback to show how the Father became a Demon slayer, the movie is at
its most frightening during the execution scenes. While they are not overly
graphic, it is the reactions of the children and the father's shear believe
that what he was doing was God's will, which grabs you and sends a shiver
down your spine.
Being an actor,
Paxton gets the best out of his cast. Matthew McConaughey narrates the movie
to Powers Boothe and they both come into their own in the pivotal moments
of the finale. Bill Paxton himself is very effective as the head of the
family, transforming from an ordinary average guy into, what he thinks,
an avenging angel. It is young Matthew O'Leary who grabs your attention
however. He is another very talented child actor whose portrayal of pure
fear at what his father has done is a credit to his craft and the director's
understanding of actors.
The only thing that
lets the movie down is the overly predictable ending. There is a twist that
is almost telegraphed before it happens, if you watch closely enough, but
this should not put you off what is a very good character driven, horror
thriller. I can't wait to see what director Bill Paxton does next.