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Fracture

A movie directed by Gregory Hoblit

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  • Nov 17, 2008
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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 of Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles)

I look at all the guilty people
I look at all the guilty people

Anthony Hopkins follows his wife to the place where she's cheating again
Looks with disdain
Home in the hallway, holding a gun that he points at a spot on her head
He wants her dead
All these guilty people
Where do they all come from?
All these guilty people
Where do they all belong?

Now Ryan Gosling picks up the case in a rush and he thinks he can win
It draws him in
Look at him cringing. Damning the day that he failed 'cause he failed to prepare
Caught in the glare
All the guilty people
Where do they all come from?
All the guilty people
Where do they all belong?

I look at all the guilty people
I look at all the guilty people

Anthony Hopkins studies the law and plays mind games in front of the Judge
Gives her a nudge
Watch Ryan Gosling wiping his brow as he sees that his tight case is blown
His career's flown
All the guilty people
Where do they all come from?
All the guilty people
Where do they all belong?

(Extra verses)

Anthony Hopkins hopes that his wife will not wake from the damage within
What's one more sin?
Look at him gloating, smiling inside as they pull out that cord from the wall
He's got some gall
All the guilty people
Where do they all come from?
All the guilty people
Where do they all belong?

See Ryan Gosling pray for the life of a woman that he's never known
All on his own
Look at him trying, forcing the man to admit to the bad things he's done
Where is the gun?
All the guilty people
Where do they all come from?
All the guilty people
Where do they all belong?

I look at all the guilty people
I look at all the guilty people


It's not the best movie of Anthony Hopkins' career, but definitely worth a rental fee if you're into legal thrillers.

Rated: 3.5 stars



Amanda Richards

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review by . December 08, 2009
A twisty and brilliant cat and mouse thriller..
Hitchcock help further  the genre of film noir and  thrillers back in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's  and early  70's. But even after his death  some very few films  have been able to capture and recreate  his style and look, and Fracture is one of those  films  that while it pays homage to Hitchcock It creates it's own style and  plot device using  elements from  Noir  and elements from serial killer  thrillers  and you get  …
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
Pros: See Review     Cons: See Review     The Bottom Line: In the end Fracture disappoints because everything happens pretty much as one might predict it would.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. ...Nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb...Amendment 5, United States Constitution.      And so goes the premise of Fracture …
review by . September 30, 2007
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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 …
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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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