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Fracture

A movie directed by Gregory Hoblit

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Anthony Hopkins Is a Beast!

  • Sep 30, 2007
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+3
I expected better reviews on fracture but I suppose not everyone will be able to give complete attention to Hopkins and overlook the films flaws. Yes Anthony Hopkins had yet another one man show where he gave us some comedy, a little creepiness, and amazing intelligence to defeat the law. Ted Crawford (Anthony Hokins) has found that his wife is cheating on him with a man who looks further down from Crawford's age and closer to her own. Crawford waits for his wife to come home and then proceeds to shoot her not killing her but she stays unconscious. Crawford moves some things in the house including the shell casings (replacing them with new ones) and waits for the police to come.

When the police arrive Crawford confesses to his crime and then surrenders. At his arraignment Crawford retracts his confession and then says that he wants to represent himself. He then meets Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) who is the district attorney trying to put him away. Beachum has some trouble, he is a young attorney who has not lost a case and is receiving a new and well paid job at a new firm for it. He expected Crawfords case to be very easy but Crawford has so many tricks up his sleeve and Beachum might not get that job. The two go back and forth trying to outsmart one another but it will all come down to the wire and the end is pretty darn good.

The story is a good one and with characters that could bore you being played by any other actor the cast was picked very well. As I said before Anthony Hokins kills this movie. His comedic sarcastic scenes are hilarious and I have never seen a movie where I wanted the bad guy to win so badly. Ryan Gosling was an ok opponent for Hopkins but maybe not perfect for this role. I seriously couldn't stand Goslings relationship with Rosamund Pike at all. In a lot of movies they feel the need to add a girlfriend or boyfriend to fill some movie time and it doesn't always work. What makes this film is Anthony Hopkins, he does a crazy job playing this guy and he makes every minute of the movie a little more interesting. I would say this would be a pretty good movie to rent or borrow. I think all together it's a 4 star film with 5 star acting from one actor so it's not enough to give it 5. It has a nice little twist at the end and it's definitely worth seeing.

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review by . November 17, 2008
This is a thriller which unfortunately goes over territory that has already been explored many times. With unlikeable characters and unnecessary plot devices, the performances by Hopkins and Gosling almost manage to rescue the tepid plot, with the former offering his best Lecter-type creepiness, minus the fava beans and Chianti.     Drawing inspiration once again from The Beatles, I summarize the story below, hopefully for your entertainment.     (To the tune …
review by . October 23, 2008
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Pros: It's smooth I guess, the story sucks but it sucks consistently.       Cons: Main characters playing to type, the others just barely there, flat flat flat       The Bottom Line: If you're going alphabetically through a list of movies, move to FRAD. E . F or whatever, just skip FRACture.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Director Gregory Hoblit, Fracture is a near masterpiece …
review by . April 13, 2008
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In director Gregory Hoblit's 2007 thriller, FRACTURE, one thing is clear--highly successful engineer Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) has shot his wife (Embeth Davidtz). What is not clear, though, is how Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling), an assertive assistant D.A. on the verge signing with a major law firm, will convict Crawford, since the calculating suspect is masterfully exploiting legal loopholes that may keep him a free man. As Beachum becomes more and more determined to beat Crawford at his own intricately setup game, he risks losing both his shot at the lucrative job and his new love, Nikki Gardner (Rosamund Pike). <br> <br> Easily Hoblit's finest film since 1996's PRIMAL FEAR, FRACTURE benefits from a similar sense of suspense, which is heightened by the fascinating interplay between Hopkins and Gosling. While Hopkins verges on Hannibal Lecter territory, he never makes the leap to that villain's macabre persona, instead making Crawford a chillingly detached criminal who finds room for occasional mome...
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