Fracture (Widescreen Edition)
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Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) and recent Oscar® nominee Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) star in this taut courtroom thriller directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear) and written by Daniel Pyne (The Manchurian Candidate). Young district attorney Willy Beachum (Gosling) is a on his way to the top with only one last case standing in his way: a mysterious engineer (Hopkins) found innocent on a technicality of his wife's (Embeth Davidtz) murder. In a thriller laden with twists and turns that weave both in and out of the courtroom, the pair becomes entangled in a risky cat-and-mouse game with fatal consequences. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast that includes Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck.) and Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice), this thriller reveals that the difference between innocence may be revealed in the smallest of details--Fracture.]]>
- Two alternate endings
- Deleted scenes
Top Customer Reviews
Each is a control freak and each is ambitious. The whole thrill of this movie is watching the characters, seeing how they develop and change and wondering how this will all play out.
Looking at the reviews that others have written for this movie, it is clear that people tended to love or hate this movie -and I think I understand why. For one thing, you KNOW what happened -and why -almost from the start. But I happen to like character-driven movies and this one is definitely in that vein. Yes, Hopkins does seem to recreate his Hannibel Lechter personalty (or hints of it) but that worked out fine in this instance.
Fracture did not douse me with puzzles, in fact it really held back in that area and yet the continual drama that played out between the two main characters was more than enough to keep me not just guessing, but simply interested in the film's story as a whole.
This is just a fabulous movie with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling playing characters who engage in a battle of wits. Hopkins plays a husband who discovers his wife having an affair, shoots her, confesses the same night and then has things cleverly arranged where it's almost impossible to convict him. Gosling plays a young, hotshot prosecuting attorney on his way to bigger and better things with a change of scenery to corporate law but gets stuck with this open-and-shut case right before he switches firms. The trouble is, it's a lot more than he figured and he isn't used to losing. Hopkins knows this, of course, and plays on his vanity.
Gosling evolves from a me-only lawyer to someone who really wants justice, even if it costs him. Both characters are cocky and smart and the twists and turns just add to the fun.
I enjoyed watching all the actors performances and was very impressed. The camera-work by Director Of Photography Kramer Morgenthau should also be recognized, along with director Gregory Hoblit, who seems to direct very entertaining films ("Frequency," "Fallen," etc.)
I could have watched this story unfold for another two hours and would have been happy to do so, am I'm not one to sit still for long periods these days. That's how good this was....just Grade A film-making and storytelling.
In brief, "Fracture" is a court room drama. Hopkins plays the part of Ted Crawford who has chosen to murder his wife in cold blood. The crime is to be prosecuted by Ryan Gosling playing the role of Willy Beachum. To Beachum, the case is a "slam dunk". Apparently, there is a signed confession, a murder weapon and a motive. However, as we soon learn, the case is far more complicated than it appears to be a first glance. Ted Crawford is a clever man who has left no tracks. Indeed, he is acquitted. But hubris then takes hold. If only he had chosen not to continue to press the envelope.
On small criticism I have of the movie is that the gun was never traced by its serial number. When you see the movie, this point will make sense. It's a clear weakness in the plot. If not, the police department involved was monumentally incompetent.
In spite of my criticism, the movie is worth seeing. Not great, but certainly good.
When wealthy and intelligent aerodynamics expert Ted Crawford (Hopkins) catches his wife in an act of infidelity with a Los Angeles homicide detective, he cooks up an elaborate plan to not only kill his wife, but to legally get away with it. What should have been an open and shut case for District Attorney Willy Beachum turns into a career ending nightmare as Crawford seemingly outsmarts the law at every turn.
Though the direction, acting and visual style in Fracture is fantastic, the hairline crack that splinters the picture is the film's attempt at creating suspense by relying on a twist ending that is easily predictable given the information that is presented early in the film. How exactly does Crawford shoot his wife in the face with a weapon that has never been fired? Given the revealing marketing for the film, which gives away the circumstances surrounding the murder, audiences can easily trace the steps that Hopkins takes early in the film, clearly giving them an idea of where Fracture is going.
In the best thrillers, when the inevitable twist hits, it is the little clues scattered throughout the picture which give the ending credibility. While all these details are within Fracture, they are so clear that if you don't see the crack in the villain's flawless plan immediately, you will be kicking yourself when the film finally presents it to you.Read more ›
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One of my all time favorite movies - had to have it for my home collection!Published 6 days ago by Mary Milani
Excellent movie on power play. Anthony Hopkins brings forth the same intensity as in Silence of the Lambs. I would definitely recommend this film...the ending is worth the wait!Published 10 days ago by Sarah
Does this man ever make a bad movie?
NO..NO HE DOESN'T
I have a lot of Anthony Hopkins movies. He has been my favorite actor since Cary Grant quit making movies! He can play "intrigue" better than anyone I know. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Indyjone