Frailty | Brian Tyler
Bill Paxton’s chilling 2002 directing debut stars Paxton as a delusional Texas father who enjoins his two young sons in his God-ordained mission to kill people he believes to be demons in disguise. The story unfolds in flashback from the present-day where the killings persist, likely at the hand of one of the boys as he’s grown and integrated his father’s delusions.
Veteran composer Bryan Tyler – best known for his pulsating, testosterone-fueled scores for such films as “Fast Five,” “Constantine” and such video games as “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” – steps outside those genres here to wrap an otherwise intimate tale in broad, neo-gothic orchestration designed to capture the father’s hallucinatory sense of destiny and oversized proportion. His intentions, however, are never less than clear: sweeping strings atop a dour, undulating bass section color the film with a cross between Bernard Herrmann and Southern Gothic, a brooding affirmation that tragedy is too often both inevitable and inescapable.