This was an excellent movie. Whatever casting director decided to put Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins and Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling together in a film is a genius. While the crime drama isn’t exactly an original genre, Fracture has several twists and turns that keep the viewers engaged. Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) discovers that his wife is cheating on him. He waits for her at their home and shoots her. At the arraignment, he pushes for a speedy trial and declines his right to counsel, insisting on representing himself. Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) is assigned to prosecute, even though he’s on his way out the door to a new fancy job at a private law firm.
What appears to be an open-and-shut case complete with confession and murder weapon quickly turns into a game of cat-and-mouse as Ted outsmarts Willy and his team of detectives. Throw in a detective with shady morals who just happened to be sleeping with the defendant’s wife and Willy’s in for a heck of a ride.
While the story is excellent and rises above what was shown in the trailers, it’s the performances of two highly skilled actors that make this film what it is. Gosling and Hopkins play off each other nicely. Gosling seems incredibly natural in this role (as he does in every role), and we all know Hopkins is especially skilled at portraying an intelligent psycho. This is definitely a movie I plan on watching again and again. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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