|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz, Billy Burke, Cliff Curtis, Fiona Shaw|
|Genre:||Thriller - General|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Collections:||Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||1 hour 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Aug 2007|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Mesmerising thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins.
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superbBy williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 19 Apr 2007
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[Highly rated reviewer]this film is superb. When Ted Crawford played by Anthony Hopkins discovers that his beautiful younger wife, Jennifer played by Embeth Davidtz, is having an affair, he plans her murder…the perfect murder.
Amongst the police officers arriving at the crime scene, is hostage negotiator Detective Rob Nunally played by Billy Burke, the only officer permitted entry into the house, as Ted knows full well that Rob is the man, his wife has been cavorting with
Surprisingly, Crawford readily admits to shooting his wife, but Nunally is too stunned to pay close attention, when he recognizes his lover, whose true identity he never knew, lying on the floor in a pool of blood.
Although Jennifer was shot at point blank range, Nunally soon realizes that she is not dead.
Crawford is immediately arrested and arraigned after confessing to Jennifer's murder - but now is charged with attempted murder.
this becomes a seemingly slam-dunk case, for hot shot assistant district attorney, Willy Beachum played by Ryan Gosling, who has one foot out of the door of the District Attorney’s office, on his way to a lucrative job in high-stakes corporate law. his conviction record is seamless.
With Willy distracted by his overblown confidence and his new boss Nikki played by Rosamund Pike, Ted who is representing himself in court, begins to manipulate the system, so that Willy's slam-dunk case quickly turns into an air ball.
during one interrogation, Ted tells Willy a story. The story is about sorting eggs on a farm when he was a boy, and about putting aside 300 eggs that all had minute cracks or imperfections. The moral is that everything has a weakness if you look closely enough. Hopkins is using the story to warn Gosling, that his near perfect conviction record, is about to be tested like never before.
The battle of wills between the two leads is central to the movie, and their combat is electrifying. one major problem for Willy is - where is the gun, used to shoot Jennifer?
When Willy can not find any evidence proving Crawford is guilty, everything turns into an all-out psychological fight for proof.
Fracture is a superior psychological thriller that keeps you guessing, right until the end.
well worth watching.
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Well thought out duel of intellectsBy mj55 (96 reviews) , 16 Dec 2012An intelligently handled duel of egos as Hopkins and Gosling 'play the game'. Good acting and a quirky script. Pike is somewhat excess to requirements - lovely to look at but doesn't add much to the tale. Kept my interest throughout, trying to guess where it was going - and it all fell pretty much into place at the end.
Compound ThrillerBy AuntySocialite (61 reviews) from Llareggub, Cymru , 07 Nov 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideGreat little film along Lt. Columbo lines: we know whodunnit but how will they catch him? *Can* they catch him?
Acting mostly ace, though even that risible hambone Hopkins (who can't keep his accent consistent throughout: is his character American? Irish? Pigeon English? What? What?) can't spoil things. He does his usual schtick, a minor variation of Lector. Ryan Gosling (intelligent woman's crumpet: yum) holds his own, yanking scenes back, and David Straitharn and the Maori lad (whose name escapes me) provide great support.
Wish more films were this smart. Though if you prefer car chases, gore, and drooling demonic-type villains then this probably isn't up your cul-de-sac.
Clever crime thriller, great actingBy a customer , 18 Oct 2012If you like crime thrillers and Anthony Hopkins, you should love this, I do and I did.
What came as a pleasant surprise was Ryan Gosling, an actor to look out for in the future.
Clever story, excellent twist, well acted, thoroughly enjoyable
cure for insomnia !!By mariebelfast (3 reviews) , 07 Oct 2012
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I thought a film with hopkins in it would be a winner....i was wrong!!
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Great thrillerBy tallan (56 reviews) from Hampton, England , 28 Sep 2012You know who did it, but how do you prove it? Great detective work and superb acting add up to unmissable cinema.