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4.0 out of 5 stars "If you look carefully, you'll find everything has a weak spot"
The strength of this film lies with Ted Crawford's (Hopkins) laid-back trivial manner. He sits doodling in court oblivious to what is being said, but it is all carefully calculated. The articulate engineer who calmly shot his wife and admitted it to the arresting officer, whilst with a gun in his hand and subsequently signs a written confession - is surely going down for...
Published on 25 Feb. 2008 by @GeekZilla9000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Moody, self-confident type chucks his briefcase around.
Nasally challenged would-be cool dude Ryan Gosling meets sub-Hannibal Lecter brianiac type for 'battle of wits' which is interesting enough for the first 30 minutes in a glossily filmed but gradually predictable piece in which, guess what, he comes to value public service over dosh and posh bird Rosamund Pike who hops in to bed with him after a few meaningful glances. Not...
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4.0 out of 5 stars "If you look carefully, you'll find everything has a weak spot", 25 Feb. 2008
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This review is from: Fracture [DVD] (DVD)
The strength of this film lies with Ted Crawford's (Hopkins) laid-back trivial manner. He sits doodling in court oblivious to what is being said, but it is all carefully calculated. The articulate engineer who calmly shot his wife and admitted it to the arresting officer, whilst with a gun in his hand and subsequently signs a written confession - is surely going down for the crime.

Willy Beachum, the confident and cocky attorney accepts the case after Ted asks for it to go straight to trial with no defence team required. He struts into court as if it's his territory - certain the trial will be over in minutes. It soon becomes apparent that Ted has a plan - he pleads `not guilty', through careful orchestration he ensures there is no evidence against himself. From the initial certainty he will go down for the murder of his wife, it looks as though he's going to get away with it.

You can see that he is revelling in the frustration of Beachum, he plays mind games - speaking in symbolic anecdotes. Parallels have been drawn to Hannibal Lector, and you can see why. For the start there's a feeling of calm genius at work, his composure his disturbingly unemotional and you sense his fun at toying with others.

The film needs a worthy Nemesis for Crawford - and Ryan Gosling is convincing as the `best in the business' young and talented attorney. The interactions between the two are darkly humorous and tense. It's these moments which provide the films best scenes.

In a nutshell: The film is very enjoyable, from the first few minutes I was drawn in by Hopkins' cool as a cucumber manner and felt a compulsion to watch in order to see if he would be brought to justice or not. The film doesn't necessarily stay with you much after you've seen it - but for the duration, it's magnetism will draw you in like an iron filling to a fridge magnet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...On Advice Of Counsel..." - Fracture on BLU RAY, 20 Jun. 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fracture [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Perfectionist and Aircraft Designer Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) pulls up in his Lotus outside a Los Angeles Beach Front property and looks at a man and woman in swimwear walking from a balcony into a bedroom. The woman is his wife Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz) and the man is Lieutenant Robert "Rob" Nunally - A Hostage Negotiator for the LAPD (Billy Burke).

When Jen finally comes home in her open-top Boxster to their beautifully appointed and luxurious gated home - Ted asks for a hug - tells her he knows about the affair - then takes out a gun and shoots her in the head. When Rob arrives as Negotiator (to talk the gun out of Crawford's hand) - he sees a portrait on the wall and realizes which woman is bleeding out on the kitchen floor. He loses it and attacks Crawford but is pulled off by his boss Detective Flores (Chris Curtis). Driven away in handcuffs - cold Ted smirks at Rob from the back seat of the cop car - like he's somehow going to get away with it (despite the overwhelming evidence against him). Downtown - calm Ted is charged with 1st degree - gives a signed confession and the LAPD even have the murder weapon. It appears to be an open-and-shut case.

Meanwhile in a large LA law firm across town - cocky Prosecutor Willy Beecham (Ryan Gosling) is getting a promotion from his boss the District Attorney (David Strathairn) because hotshot Willy has an impressive 97% conviction rate. In a case shuffle he gets to prosecute Ted Crawford for murder (whose wife hasn't died but is in a coma). But then as the bizarre case proceeds - and after initial one-on-one conversations with the soft-spoken Crawford - Beecham's sloppy and unprepared behaviour in court starts to look like Crawford chose him for precisely these reasons - arrogance that would allow him a way to bend the law in his favour. But has the uber-smart Ted underestimated the young buck? Soon a cat and mouse game commences where murder, careers and a comatose woman's life is at stake...

Skilfully Directed in 2007 by Gregory Hoblit with an ingenious script by Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers - no matter how classy the overall feel is - it was always going to about the dance between the two main leads. Hopkins as you can imagine is magnificent - all cold and arrogant and so smug you just want to hit him. So Ryan Gosling does well to keep up - having to move his character from lippy young legal brat to grown up determined investigator across the movie. Their word exchanges are fabulous. It helps too that the film is propped up with a huge and talented cast that also includes Rosamund Pike, Bob Gunton (of Shawshank fame) and Fiona Shaw.

The BLU RAY picture quality is top notch - beautifully filmed to give it that silver-suit lawyer slickness - cold and shiny like Ted Crawford's silver toys (Aspect Ratio 2.35:1). Extras include Deleted and Alternate Scenes, Alternate Endings and Theatrical Trailer. Audio is English 5.1 Dolby Digital and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD - while the lone Subtitle is English SDH.

"I guess the joke's on me..." Willy says as he leaves Ted in their first encounter - thinking he has this eccentric and his murder case all wrapped up. Ted smirks - you're right.

"Fracture" on BLU RAY is a sophisticated and satisfying legal thriller with world-class actors enjoying great writing. Get your eggs in the basket for this one...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legal eagle Vs. Master Manipulator, 22 Oct. 2012
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Fracture is a fraction away from getting 5 stars from me. This courtroom drama slash cold killer thriller was both engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable to watch.

With Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins starring in lead roles, the acting was excellent. Hopkins' character was slightly 'Silence of The Lambs', while Gosling was likeable as the young, upcoming lawyer who was so sharp he cut himself.

Randomly, the film had smatterings of humour throughout it too which seemed to come out of nowhere, but never seemed out of place, and which I found very funny.

There seemed to be a lot going on in this film to keep you interested with many different layers to hold your interest. I thought it was smart, exciting and you were never 100% sure where it was headed.

There has been some criticism in the reviews here about how the film wraps up, but honestly, I didn't have a problem with it. I thought it was a smart solution and a very clever resolve - just be careful what you read here on Amazon, because 1 or 2 of the reviews and comments on other listings of this film give the game away, and this will certainly spoil the film for you.

It had been a while since I'd seen a good courtroom drama, and Fracture was just what I'd hope it would be and much more besides. Not only was it great to see the exchanges in court, it was great seeing Gosling's character unwind as his life slowly collapsed at the hands of a master manipulator.

The Bluray itself was very good quality and there were plenty of extras too - including deleted scenes and alternate endings. And for once, these really were very alternate endings, so worth taking the time to watch if you enjoyed the main feature as much as I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hopkins versus Gosling in The Mystery of the Disappearing Prosecution, 8 May 2008
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It is not spoiling the plot of Fracture to say from the outset that Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) shot his wife. A seemingly pedestrian case for the prosecution, representing the last trial for Deputy D.A. Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) before he heads off for a grand new job, evolves rapidly into a nightmare.

The case soon starts to crumble, with Beachum's future career likely to follow suit. It is clear that Crawford, defending himself, is a far more able opponent than the Deputy D.A. had planned on. The crystal clear case against the defendant is soon shattered - leaving the prosecutor bereft of a useable confession or even the possession of the murder weapon!

Fracture is part-legal drama, but also partly a story of psychological development. Initially, the viewer is probably rather pleased to see Hopkin's character devastate the arrogant Beacham's evidence. Yet, later in the film, we see the prosecutor become a far more likeable person, and perhaps wish for him to eventually nail his target. It's a film about law, honesty, revenge and compassion. Although the central premise revolves around the mindgames Hopkin's is playing, the film is also effective at generating emotions in the viewer.

The film is not really an action movie, despite the occasional physical drama. However, if you want something more cerebral and wish to avoid stereotypical legal fiction, it is highly recommended. The DVD does not really contain any great shakes in the way of extras. It doesn't really need them. Just sit down and enjoy the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Did He Do It?, 28 Oct. 2012
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Charles Vasey (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is one of those story-lines in which everything is presented to you and you are left with nothing but the little gray cells. Hopkins is bang to rights but all is seldom as it seems and into his elaborate puzzle steps Ryan Gosling as his mark. Both Hopkins and Gosling belong to the School of Acting Silence, no Hollywood Standard Emoting, though in this case Hopkins has a rogue brogue and Gosling some problem with constant touching of his face and nose. Hopkins is wonderful with the look of a Great White while Gosling seems almost Tintinesque in his clear-faced youth. Both of course are just sent to mislead us from the key questions of the case. The other parts seem rather two dimensional next to our leads, the love interest is so transparent as to be seen through (though very lovely). The solution to the matter of the gun in the night was very clever indeed (and threw me). I'm not up on the Californian Penal Code enough to opine on the ending though it was the one I elected for. As an old London LLB graduate it was a delight to see the fan debates raising such matters as Collateral Estoppel

The photography was wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Did He Do It?, 28 Oct. 2012
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Charles Vasey (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fracture [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of those story-lines in which everything is presented to you and you are left with nothing but the little gray cells. Hopkins is bang to rights but all is seldom as it seems and into his elaborate puzzle steps Ryan Gosling as his mark. Both Hopkins and Gosling belong to the School of Acting Silence, no Hollywood Standard Emoting, though in this case Hopkins has a rogue brogue and Gosling some problem with constant touching of his face and nose. Hopkins is wonderful with the look of a Great White while Gosling seems almost Tintinesque in his clear-faced youth. Both of course are just sent to mislead us from the key questions of the case. The other parts seem rather two dimensional next to our leads, the love interest is so transparent as to be seen through (though very lovely). The solution to the matter of the gun in the night was very clever indeed (and threw me). I'm not up on the Californian Penal Code enough to opine on the ending though it was the one I elected for. As an old London LLB graduate it was a delight to see the fan debates raising such matters as Collateral Estoppel

The photography was wonderful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Slyness of the Lamb, 23 Aug. 2007
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Philip Solo (UK , Japan, or Thailand) - See all my reviews
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Whoa!! .how to transform an `open and shut case' into Jagged Edge!. Plot simple and brooding, man shoots wife, apparently confesses, and bored indolent up and coming new job lawyer gets instant brownie points - wrong!

Gosling's vacuously disappointing baby faced new recruit to major law practice is carelessly lazy and arrival stressed. He unknowingly and lazily is soon out of his depth as he accepts what appears to be a `facts-obvious' case with Hopkins as the seemingly 'hands-up-I-did' it wife shooter. From then on he is amusingly manipulated with `Seven-like' ease by Hopkins' character who veers alarmingly from Celtic to Gaelic vocals and becomes more and more Hannibalised as the frames click by.

A great novel evidence twist of course, which I won't do a spoiler on, but Hopkins has it all worked out to escape justice and commit the perfect murder. The problem with the movie being..reversal.. One identifies almost immediately with the pastiched Lecktor/Hopkins character and revels in his cleverness. Set against the smug, pasty looking, overworked over-reaching and thoroughly unadmirable mega-salaried legal suit stepping out of inwardly neurotic 'Model man's advert land' he scores instant audience points - you want Hopkins to win !

And predictably he does - up to a point. (beware partial spoiler!!) The film should have ended there with its bleak and cold hearted message that clever people can often `get away with murder' because.. well they planned well and the opposition set against them was inadequate.

The movie offers more stereotypical but nevertheless real glimpses into the money power ego culture of American law firms. Our intangibly supported hero is driven by his new `have to impress' fee-driven culture where moderation of loss of face and maximisation of chargeable time is the god of the day. Marginally explored sexual dynamics abound as the delectably sophisticated Rosamund Pike, socialite and partner level lady lawyer, loses her well suited managerial overview to the inevitable body to body appeal of the fresh faced young potential star. She plys her political trade to save his job as he digs himself further into the mire as the movie unfolds.

Hopkins character borrows heavily from his archetypal criminal psychologist as the perfectionist physics-obsessed meticulous murder planning villain let loose in a visually pleasing film noir environment. He smiles and menaces his way through as only he can, evoking the `chess piece' feeling of a master mind easily outpacing and controlling every stage of the lesser antagonist. This movie therefore reflects much we have seen in previous `courtroom duels' mind against mind, mano e mano and Gosling's character would be an unworthy winner that anyone with an eye for daring and excellence would be unlikely to want to support. He doesn't deserve to win. One yearns for Hopkins v Lt.Columbo to see a decent matched pair slug it out.I'm taking bets now!

In the end which again I won't spoil overtly I was heartily disappointed as Hopkins triumphant villain falls into the worn to fragments cliché of `going back for an ego boast and losing it'. The premise that after all that meticulous and skilful planning and legal manipulation he doesn't truly understand one simple legal differentiation of circumstance and didn't take that into account is truly abysmal and made me groan with that ` crap ending ` ..` is this the best they could think of?' feeling.

Weak Hollywood ending with the wolf going to the slaughter instead of the lamb!

Moral is as ever, ( as he would have known) when you win, walk, win, reflect on your victory alone when you are away in safety. Don't look back, don't feel the need to boast about it, and get the hell out before anyone wises up. As James Woods was famously told in another movie ` You sold it once son, don't buy it back !'

Oh and my reviewer award vote goes to Amanda Richards for the best title `Double Jeopardy for Dummies' and the unique novel device of setting the plot to the score of Eleanor Rigby -brilliantly inventive stuff !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cat and Mouse games, 21 Dec. 2011
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I watched FRACTURE (2007) for the second time today and was glad that I couldn't quite remember how it ended or the finer detail because all the tension of watching it the first time was there for me.

Anthony Hopkins plays a wily intellectual who decides to bump off his unfaithful wife because she has been 'messing around' with a detective (played by Billy Burke of the Twilight Saga) who is later on the case . It's an easy-to-follow cat and mouse courtroom-type thriller and the question is: who is the cat and who is the mouse? While Anthony Hopkins' character (very reminiscent of his Hannibal Lecter character in The Silence of the Lambs without the weird appetite) initially admits to attempted murder (and he was virtually caught red handed), he then denies it and the hunt is on for the weapon. The fun begins when he decides to defend himself in court. He has a high old time playing head-games with the prosecutor (played by Ryan Gosling of The Notebook).

I thought this movie great fun and well worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Poor Ending, 19 Aug. 2012
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This is a wonderfully plotted movie in which the clearly guilty Antnyony Hopkins (as Ted Crawford) shoots his wife. The prosecution's case is hampered by the fact that the gun has mysteriously vanished. A delightfully cat and mouse game follows between Hopkins and Ryan Gosling (as Willy Beachum, who is just about to move into corporate law). Part of this reminds me of 'Dial M For Murder', when the location of the key could not be determined.

What was disapointing was the ending. It was definitely an anti climax, one the makers had put in after trying out two other endings that are featured in the 'extras'. For me, I thought that the first alternate ending was the best one. It had scenes in it which I'm sure were in when I saw it on tv a while back. It shown more detail of how Hopkins did what he did, rather than just listening to it.

My advice is, if you want a good cat and mouse thriller, go for this, but make sure you see the alternate endings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse performance from AH, 4 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Fracture [DVD] (DVD)
An amazingly tense and well-crafted movie. Anthony Hopkins is at his absolutely towering best in this tale of a man who plans to get away with his wife's death. Ryan Gosling puts in an excellent turn as the dogged DA, and I was really on the edge of my seat following the twists and turns in this brilliant, tightly plotted drama.

After a second watching, equally enjoyable is the wicked humour of Hopkins' character when he's confident he's in the driving seat.

Any more would be a spoiler; great movie.
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