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July 3, 2016
Fracture is the story of two brilliant minds going head to head in a compelling battle for justice. When Hopkins shoots his wife in cold blood and confesses all to the police, all Gosling needs to do is attend the trial and put him away for good, before advancing to his more prestigious role in a new law firm - easy right? Well things prove to be a little more tricky when there is no evidence to convict anyone of attempted murder. With time against him before starting his new job, and with an ego to be saved, Gosling must wrack his brains to outwit this experienced and cunning opponent, before he loses it all - job, pride and new beau. Despite the fact the innocent and guilty parties are both known from the outset, and we know justice should prevail, one can't help but enjoy the manner at which the arrogance and cockiness of Goslings character is notably brought back down to earth with a bang. You find yourself rooting for both sides to some extent and the unforeseeable nature to which this pans out makes it essential viewing. Hopkins is a master at conveying the psychotic yet intellectually gifted persona ever since his Hannibal Lecter days and that is displayed here once again, providing the perfect contrast to Goslings youthful, eager, but naive character traits. Occasionally you come across a film that totally surpasses your expectations, more so because you've never even heard of it before, so this was a wonderful surprise in the offering and a definite recommendation for all those that enjoy a good crime drama.
June 27, 2016
Anthony Hopkins likes to wink.  He winks a lot in his films.  Ever notice?  This one is no exception.  Ryan Gosling plays Willy Beachum a DA on his way to bigger and better things when he receives Ted Crawford's (Hopkins) attempted murder case.  Thinking it's going to be an open and shut he takes it.  The problem is the murder weapon has never been fired and there's no evidence to suggest Crawford committed the crime.  Even more complications arise when the judge is made aware of the arresting officer's connection to the case.  He was sleeping with the victim.  In this flick Crawford's goal it to mind fuck and Hopkins does it better than anyone winking throughout.  Gosling isn't bad to look at or listen to as he drawls away during the movie.  The middle is a little slow but the end makes up for it.  All in all I'd say see it.  It's a good one.
½ April 24, 2016
Very well made and entertaing. The constant "twists" eventually become somewhat predictable, but it is well made so ultimately I didn't mind.
April 22, 2016
What does the title Fracture refer to? State of its script? If not for the A-list names it is a perfect B-movie with a contrived plot and corny dialogues which one would see in any cheap paperback novel. Especially Anthony Hopkins performance and his dialogues were quite inconsistent.

Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) is an entrepreneur of an aeronautics company married to beautiful Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz) who is having an affair with a Lieutenant of the police department Rob Nunnaly (Billy Burke) who doesn't know anything about the secretive Jennifer. When Ted finds out about this, he hatches a plan and kills his wife, confesses to the negotiator at the time Nunally. Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) is a successful deputy in the state prosecutor's office is in process moving into a prestigious private legal firm gives into an obligation to take up this one last case which is anything but solved. With Willy hardly concentrating on the case Ted puts on a game that turns the trial upside down putting Beachum's career in jeopardy.

Though the performances were inconsistent individually, the dual of the lead characters ups the game occasionally. Marketed as a courtroom thriller, the movie lacks enough twists and relies on one puzzle which takes too long to arrive and ends up being contrived and dumb. What helps the screenplay is the side plot about Beachum's recruitment to a private firm which helps up the stakes and induces some pace which otherwise is a slow burner with lots of mindless fillers.

Lacks enough twists, wit and ambition.
April 19, 2016
watchable...not great and not awful
Super Reviewer
½ March 29, 2016
Though the storyline isn't as brilliant as it tries to be, Fracture still is a disturbing yet engrossing puzzle we all try to solve side by side with Ryan Gosling's character. And whenever Anthony Hopkins portrays the role of an intelligent killer, the film works.
March 13, 2016
Sick movie!!! Makes me more passionate about pursuing a degree in law!
½ January 17, 2016
Solid thriller, through and through.
January 8, 2016
there should be more movies with these two together! Hopkins is out of this world.
December 27, 2015
Un buon thriller ben pensato e costruito. La sfida tra il gatto (Hopkins) e il topo (Goslig) regge ed è credibile. Alla fine, però, sembra tutto un po' un grande onanismo poliziesco (un po' come i giochi di palline che costruiva Hopkins nel film). Il regista ci mette dentro anche un pizzico di critica sociale e contro i grandi studi legali nati solo per far soldi, ovviamente il tutto è così retorico e inutile ai fini della trama che non ce ne si accorge neanche (fortunatamente).
½ December 15, 2015
You can expect much from Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. Appalling twists.
December 2, 2015
A good movie that not a lot of people know about. Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins are incredible in this movie. This movie makes you wonder until the very end how Anthony's character managed to commit murder and get away with it. This is a very intense, well constructed and smart thriller and is way better than most thrillers today that are dumbed down so that audiences can understand everything easily.
Super Reviewer
½ November 26, 2015
An intriguing thriller that holds our attention as it relies on the combined talents of Hopkins and Gosling, who are amazing in their parts, and it is great to see them dueling in this smart mind confrontation, an above-average cat-and-mouse crime film.
October 21, 2015
good acting, but you feel cheated by the end because the payoff is just not that intelligent. It's more of a "here's a technicality you didn't know of that will change everything!" situation than an actual twist.
Super Reviewer
September 10, 2015
Ludicrously plotted and overwrought drama/thriller with a risible music score. Anthony Hopkins is hammy as fuck, and Ryan Gosling has little to work with (though he's enjoyable to watch). Meh.
½ June 10, 2015
A lazy script, a slow moving plot, and mediocre performances led this to be a very disappointing, predictable, thriller
June 3, 2015
Powerful thriller, sure has it's impact felt.
May 25, 2015
My main problem with this movie is the ending. I won't spoil it, but don't expect much. Otherwise it's continously entertaining, mostly due to its good performances.
½ April 11, 2015
Very good lega mystery thriller with Hopkins as the clever mastermind and Gosling a hotshot lawyer who is employed against Hopkins.

Good direction and good scenery, it's mid-paced and intellectual. I was a little unimpressed with the story at the end, otherwise highly recommended.
March 30, 2015
I need to re-watch this, it's been a while, but I do recall really enjoying the suspense and and the intellectual battle between the two leads.
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