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Fracture August 15, 2007

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) is a wealthy engineer whose wife is cheating on him. He kills her and surrenders to the police. Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) is an attorney used to success, who takes up the case just before he moves on to a bigger firm. However, what should have been an easy case takes a turn for the worse with Crawford playing mind games as he tries to get away with an intelligently planned murder. Now Willy needs to win the case
to save his career but can he do it before Crawford “fractures” his mind?

Anthony Hopkins does well in a role that was probably written with his Silence of the Lambs persona in mind (though this isn’t as delicious a role). Upcoming actor Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson, The Notebook) who has an Oscar nomination under his belt is the main protagonist of the film and he does a good job of portraying the contrasting emotions in Willy’s mind. The rest of the cast gets limited scope.

An interesting murder plan is stretched into a psychological thriller (Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers) with enough twists to warrant its length. Frankly, it isn’t bad. It is actually an engaging piece but the thing that works against it is that it isn’t particularly satisfying at the end of it all. The film has a lot of extraneous material. And then you have some unconvincing turns in this ride together with some ambiguous characterization that brings its appeal down. The acting makes this cleverly plotted and well directed film more involving and the dialogue helps. Director Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear, Fallen) isn’t new to the genre and he makes a film that is definitely watchable but whether you like it or not depends on what you question (if you do at all).

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