Fracture (2007) R 1:40
September 22nd, 2007 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 4,424 Views
One of my most favorite actors, and maybe the best actor of the 20th century, Sir Antony Hopkins is starring in this thriller – the primary reason why I wanted to see it.
Hopkins plays an NTSB consultant, quite wealthy judging by his ride and his LA house with huge pool and garden, who finds out that his much younger wife is cheating on him, confronts her and then shoots her (there’s a nice shot of his face reflecting in her blood on the floor). When police arrives, he says he shot her in the head. But the detective who comes to the call is the man she’s been cheating with. His wife is alive though and she’s taken to hospital and stays there in a coma. Ted, Hopkins’s character, is arrested. Then we are introduced to Ryan Gosling’s character, a very “productive” prosecutor William Beachum, who is assigned to procure this attempted homicide. To his surprise, Ted not only gives a full confession while entering not-guilty plea, but declines to be represented by an attorney and requests to skip preliminary hearing and go straight to public trial. What looks like an easy to case to prosecute with written confession and his gun as an evidence, it turns out to be anything but.
The thrill is there. The plot is quite clever – a real chess game – not your standard courtroom thriller. The music was such a cliche it was irritating. In the first half of the movie I thought Hopkins was too much like Hannibal Lector, but in the second half his performance was superb and something completely new. I don’t like Gosling, but under proper direction even he had done well. Together, the plan-every-detail Hopkins’s character and Gosling’s newbie DA work well together the way Clarisse worked so well with Hanibal. But, as Ted said himself – everything has its imperfections when his perfect plan goes bad, hence the title (I think). Characters are quite believable, that’s good. The women in this movie were unlikeable: Ted’s wife was equally cold when both her lover and her husband told her that they love her, and Beachum’s lawyer-girlfriend Nikki Gardner (Rosamund Pike) doesn’t care about victims at all – she only cares about success of her law office. Both beautiful but cold. I did not like (because I did not understand it) Ted’s obsession with the perpetuum mobile toys either. Supposedly they are an allegory for his attention to details.
It’s a bit on a slow side. At times I just wanted to fast-forward the DVD so I don’t have to hear this music anymore and get closer to the ending.
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