Drama Thriller - This is not a more graphic, action oriented thriller as the ads
suggest but a legal-themed thriller. Fans of stars Anthony Hopkins
and Ryan Gosling, and adult drama fans, will find a lot to appreciate
and enjoy here.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 134 moviegoers:
TEENS:Most teens enjoyed "Fracture" very much. Only a few rated it as low as average. Recommended, but not highly.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Both males and females enjoyed this movie, but most didn't love it. Males enjoyed it somewhat more than females but overall too many opinions are in the "Very Good," or lower range. That indicates a good but not great movie.
ADULTS:First let me say that most enjoyed "Fracture" very much and I certainly recommend it. However, as in the other age groups, the adult opinions are a little lacking on the high end with too many opinions in the "Very Good" to "Good" range. This tells me that most enjoyed this movie very much but didn't think it was great.
When Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) discovers that his beautiful younger wife, Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz), is having an affair, he plans her murder…the perfect murder. Among the cops arriving at the crime scene is hostage negotiator Detective Rob Nunally (Billy Burke), the only officer permitted entry to the house. 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 realizes she isn't dead. Crawford is immediately arrested and arraigned after confessing – a seemingly slam-dunk case for hot shot assistant district attorney Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling), who has one foot out the door of the District Attorney's (David Strathairn) office on his way to a lucrative job in high-stakes corporate law.
But nothing is as simple as it seems, including this case. Will the lure of power and a love affair with a sexy, ambitious attorney (Rosamund Pike) at his new firm overpower Willy's fierce drive to win, or worse, quash his code of ethics? In a tense duel of intellect and strategy, Crawford and Willy both learn that a "fracture” can be found in every ostensibly perfect façade.