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Fracture

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2007
  • Gregory Hoblit
  • 108 mins
  • 15

Summary

Crime thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. Brilliant engineer Ted Crawford shoots his wife when he discovers her infidelity. At first he confesses to the crime but later pleads not guilty and pits himself in court against hotshot lawyer Willy Beachum.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Gregory Hoblit's stylish crime thriller opens with Anthony Hopkins's aeronautical engineer shooting his unfaithful wife (Embeth Davidtz). The cat-and-mouse games begin when Hopkins decides to plead not guilty and defend himself in court, pitting his wits against Ryan Gosling's assistant DA, who has a 97 per cent successful prosecution record. This is Gosling's last case before he takes a job in the lucrative private sector and it looks like a formality (there's even a confession), but the twist here is that the arresting officer (Billy Burke) was Davidtz's lover. Hoblit (Primal Fear) is an old hand at this sort of thing, and Hopkins and Gosling spark nicely off each other (just try to ignore Hopkins's inconsistent accent). Also representing Britain in the Anglo-American cast is Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day), who plays a cool-as-ice lawyer grooming Gosling for his new career in company law, and Fiona Shaw as a sharp-tongued, dry-witted judge. There's nothing particularly new here and some of the plot contortions border on the preposterous, but fans of twisting courtroom thrillers will find it an entertaining diversion.

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Credits

Cast

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Ted CrawfordAnthony Hopkins
Willy BeachumRyan Gosling
Joe LobrutoDavid Strathairn
Nikki GardnerRosamund Pike
Jennifer CrawfordEmbeth Davidtz
Detective Rob NunallyBilly Burke
Detective FloresCliff Curtis
Judge GardnerBob Gunton
Judge MoranXander Berkeley
Judge RobinsonFiona Shaw

Crew

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DirectorGregory Hoblit

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2007-04-20
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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