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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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on 23 August 2007
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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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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on 25 August 2007
Formulaic, contrived and silly in parts, this film (in my humble opinion) is saved by fine acting from Hopkins and Gosling.

Hopkins seems to act just using facial expressions and a few tweaks of his head. It works a treat. Gosling does the same.

The 'lurve' interest in this film is a bit predictable and doesn't add to the drama. However it's a tense thriller, ideal for a flat-lining evening in with a bottle of wine.
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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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VINE VOICEon 24 November 2007
This is an enjoyable enough thriller - has that `seen it before' vibe, but raised above the level of the plethora of similar movies by its star performances and glossy veneer.
Plot wise, the obligatory twist in the standard murder investigation is that we see right off that Anthony Hopkins murders his wife. The rub comes, when he looks like he might get away with it, and the only thing between him and freedom is a young up-and-coming public prosecutor, played by Ryan Gosling. He is starting a new job for a new boss (Rosamund Pike, from Die Another Day - much sexier here) in a high profile corporate law firm. So for him it becomes a question of conscience - can he let the murderer go, so that he can move on with his new career, or will he jeapordise his new career to do whatever it takes to `bring him down'.
So things are set up less as a whodunit, but more as a Columbo episode format. We know he did it - but will the good guy figure it out? None of the scenes have too much in the way of surprises, and the twists are fairly well flagged. So what we are left with is a very glossy looking thriller with superior performances. Sure, Hopkins has had better moments, and could be accused of sleepwalking through the movie, but Hopkins on autopilot is still better than the rest of the pack. And the big surprise is Ryan Gosling - here, he puts in a memorable central performance. The movie hinges on our buying into this character, and Gosling pulls it off. It's Gosling that raises this to a 4 star movie.
It's clear the plot set up will never be entirely satisfactorily resolved, as evidenced by the two alternative endings where they played with how best to finish the story off. In the end, they chose the best option, even if it does feel somewhat anticlimactic. The other deleted scenes add little to proceedings.
All in all, despite a gnawing sense of familiarity, this works well, thanks in large part to the strong cast.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 23 September 2015
Anthony Hopkins is top-notch in this how-you-done-it as opposed to a who-done-it.

Very early in the film we know the how and the why so I'm not giving away any spoilers---the film is about the clever way in which Hopkins's character defends himself against public prosecutor Ryan Gosling in this very good thriller which has a terrific twist at the end.

Gosling is totally overshadowed by the Welshman as the intricate plot unfolds,and Gregory Hoblit once again has composed a complex thriller to rank alongside his wonderful films Frequency [DVD] [2000] and Fallen [DVD] [1998] to name just two exemplary works by the director.
It's a film deserving a 2nd watch to get to grips with the strong performance by Hopkins who flits between a genial yet clever murderer and a dangerous psycho.
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on 23 October 2007
There really is no accounting for taste. Because of the rather poor reviews generally here, I decided to leave this one alone, even though it sounded like my type of film. When it came down in price dramatically at the supermarket (apologies to Amazon) I decided to buy it anyway. And loved it.

Fair comment on Hopkins' varying accents (and it was annoying, especially towards the end) but altogether an excellent film. As Hopkins pits his wits against the brilliant but 'too clever for his own good' lawyer you find yourself rooting for Hopkins who is actually the bad guy. It's only when the film concludes that you realise you should never have been rooting for him in the first place. My advice is, if you like psychological thrillers, go for it.
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Super-smart Ted Crawford shoots his adulterous wife and leaves her for dead. But the surprise is that he admits to it - at least initially, in order to get a fast-track trial knowing (somehow?) that this would confuse the public defender Willy Beachum. So the bulk of the film is taken up with Willy trying to find the missing evidence needed for conviction once the confession is ruled inadmissable.

For me this was a welcome return to traditional, old-skool suspense thriller films, with quality editing, production design and cinematography. The interest is maintained for very nearly the entire showing but in spite of the cleverness of the leading character (Hopkins) and the storyline itself, it was considerably let down by an ending that crossed my mind less than halfway through. No spoilers here, no hints as to what happened at the conclusion, but I did feel rather short-changed. It's one of those films that I enjoyed much more as I was watching it than I did once it had finished. I can think of at least one better ending myself, one that would have been ambiguous and would have left the viewer to think for themselves as to what would have happened, instead they went for the neat and tidy solution which frankly a child could have predicted. Certainly one of 15 anyway, the age rating of the film.

Still, it has a lot to enjoy, with a decent script and a well-created sense of atmosphere. I thought Ryan Gosling acted his part very well, but I couldn't convince myself that he was an attorney, whatever side of the line he might be on. If anything I think his turmoil about leaving the prosecutor's office and crossing over to 'the dark side' was overly-padded out in an attempt to compensate for the weak ending.
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on 1 July 2015
ONCE IN A WHILE along comes a movie which is so good you do not want it to end. A mystery, a terrific drama, intense riveting portrayals. This is one such movie. A murder mystery leading to fascinating courtroom drama. My kind of movie. Must be seen by anyone who likes classic dramatic movies.

Unfortunately there are some reviewers who practically relate the whole story of the movie, thereby ruining the surprise, suspense and enjoyment for others. AVOID THE LONG REVIEWS ON THIS MOVIE, if it's not too late! KAN
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