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Fracture (2007, Gregory Hoblit)

What's it about? Convinced that he's committed the perfect crime when he murdered his unfaithful wife, Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) engages an ambitious young attorney (Ryan Gosling) in a twisted game of cat and mouse.

Who's in it? Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz, Billy Burke, Cliff Curtis, Fiona Shaw, Bob Gunton.

Why did you watch it? The plot summary reminded me of a cross between "Primal Fear" and "Under Suspicion", and Hopkins generally appears in movies that are worth watching.

Why is it worth watching? It's a very solid, clever psychological thriller, not terribly unique, but intriguing with two strong, three-dimensional and well-acted main characters. Gosling plays Willy Beachum with a touch of arrogance that almost proves to be his downfall, but he's still always the one you find yourself rooting for because, even if you're usually the one with a sympathy towards the bad guys, you just don't want Crawford to get away with what he did. Hopkins' Crawford is evil and despicable in a way that Hannibal Lecter never was - but despite that, he's still believable and far from a cardboard character.
I also rather liked the pleasantly unclichéd romance between Nikki (Rosamund Pike) and Willie.

On the other hand... I could have done without the moral sledgehammer. I would have found it much more believable if Beachum hadn't been able to let go because of his ego and not because he couldn't live with letting a murderer on the loose.

The final verdict: 8/10


I love movies, and I watch quite a lot of them in my free time. In this journal, you'll find my thoughts on movies I've recently seen - both new releases and older films.

Those aren't supposed to be actual journalistic reviews, just some personal, sometimes terribly subjective comments.

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