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A twisty and brilliant cat and mouse thriller..

  • Dec 8, 2009
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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  this  sinister and dark  film.

"Fracture"  is as  twisty and as smart as  Crime dramas come, it enjoys playing  games with it's audience and  with that it careens from  one twist to the next  playfully and skilfully taunting  you with it's dark motives  and  sinister cat and mouse  play between Hopkins and Gosling . Gosling and Hopkins  help keep this film  from being nothing more than  a standard  crime drama/thriller they are the key to this film success  and the main reason  that  "Fracture"  is a must see.  

Anthony Hopkins  is sinister, malicious, smart  and cunning in  his role as Ted Crawford. Hopkins gives us a run for our money  and them some, his performance  is key to making this film work with it's  implausible  plot  but  even with that in mind your more focused on  the dogfight between him and Gosling. Ryan Gosling does some of his best work in this film as the  tough as nail get ahead  young lawyer  Willy Beachum, Gosling's  performance is not as edgy  or as smart  as Hopkins but  that   is easy to  overlook  due to the fact that  he is so good at playing off Hopkins  and at playing  off  his characters misfortune  in  the film, essentially  there the perfect on screen foes.

"Fracture" is one of Gregory Hoblit's best and most well made films to date and  in my opinion one of the best cat and mouse thrillers to come out in years. It's truly a brilliant  film and will please  if not blow you away. All in all "Fracture" is pure  and fulfilling entertainment at it's very and most compelling best.
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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
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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