Release Date: April 20th, 2007 by New Line Cinema.
The Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz, Billy Burke, Cliff Curtis, Fiona Shaw, Xander Berkeley.
Directed by Gregory Hoblit.
BASIC PREMISE: Willy (Gosling), an assistant DA, struggles to present sufficient evidence to prove that Ted (Hopkins) murdered his wife.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Fracture offers very little I terms of suspense and surprises, but at least it manages to be mildly entertaining thanks to strong performances. Ryan Goslings plays Willy, a young assistant DA who thinks he can outsmart Ted, a man who confesses to murdering his wife (Davidtz). In court, Ted makes it difficult for Willy with lack of evidence, such a missing gun that he used in the murder. The second act doesn’t take place in courtroom scenes like you might expect. Instead, Ted plays tedious mind games with Willy outside of the courtroom while Willy desperately looks for evidence. If he doesn’t find win this case, the DA (Strathairn) will easily replace him with someone else. Co-screenwriters Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers include too many scenes with Willy reaching dead ends. The first act could have done without actually showing Ted murdering his wife, which would have increased the suspense. There’s also an unnecessary subplot involving a Willy getting seduced by a sexy blond woman (Shaw) who might be his boss soon. On a positive note, director Gregory Hobit includes slick cinematography with impressive set designs. Anthony Hopkins, just as expected, adds plenty of gravitas as Ted while Ryan Gosling shows that he can be both appealing and convincing as a young assistant DA. If only they had a smarter script to work with along with their terrific performances, this would have been a much more powerful and gripping film.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: No suspense and often tedious.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 5
IN A NUTSHELL: Strong performances and slick cinemography, but often tedious and lacks suspense.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
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