Surprisingly, the crime thriller Fracture is not about blood and violence but ego and pride. Structural engineer Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) discovers his wife Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz) is having an affair so he calmly shoots her in the head. When the cops come to his house he confesses, gives them a gun and tells them it’s the murder weapon. Incidentally, the cop who arrests him is Rob Nunaoly (Billy Burke) the guy who was having the affair with Ted’s wife. Oh yeah, she isn’t really dead –she’s just in a coma. There you have it – nice, tidy open and shut case, right? So thinks the hot-shot-soon-to-be-employed-by-an upscale-law-firm-prosecutor named Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) who eagerly takes this no-brainer of a case. Everyone is surprised when Ted acts as his own counsel and meticulously takes the case apart. (Give me a break – a signed confession and they can’t convict him? Can you say O.J. Simpson?) This film is more of a film study with dynamic characters and a clever plot. Both Hopkins and Goslings performances are fantastic and Hopkins steals every scene he’s in. There is humor sprinkled throughout the movie but that doesn’t save it from being on the boring side. The script lacks enough energy and enthusiasm to keep some of the audience awake. I must confess I went through a large drink, a large bag of popcorn, a box of peanut M.M.’s, some liquorice and I was about to eat my arm so I wouldn’t fall asleep. I’m giving this bloodless thriller a C+ rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.