Fracture (is a fun time)
April 26, 2007 4:14pm CST
My review and thoughts on the film... “ If you look close enough you’ll find everyone has a weak spot.” I figured I would start my review out with the same line as most for the movie Fracture, however I’m not going to dwell on weakness. Fracture released to theaters April 20th, 2007 is directed by Gregory Hoblit and stars Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins. The story centers around Hopkins character, a genius, who has shot his wife and Gosling’s character, an assistant DA, who get caught up in trying to find the genius guilty and prove to himself that his job matters beyond pay and promotions. The first thing most people want to pick apart when critiquing this film is the plot and story, so let’s skip that and go to what they mostly cannot help but praise: the acting. Ryan Gosling is enjoyable to watch on the screen, just as Anthony Hopkins is and the two really hit it off as the witty banter flies. The back and forth game of dialog all through the movie makes a person grin and laugh even though it is not a comedy. Great acting, with great dialog, makes the experience of the film regardless of reality and technicalities: fun. Now as for that story. The plot is one that relies on showing you just enough to get you thinking about what the outcome could be without being able to guess it. Often times in films like this, especially ones revolving around law and crime, the credibility of the situation and circumstances leading to the conclusion is put into question. However, because of the great on screen personas by the two leading men once again I reiterate: this movie is fun. I am a fan of Michael Connelly detective novels and his main character Harry Bosch. The books tend to get rather ridiculous with their twists and have a pulp-trashy sort of vibe to them aside from attempting to be clever. Fracture gave me the same feeling I get when reading one of those detective novels. It doesn’t matter if all of the things line up exactly perfect once contemplated and it doesn’t matter if they stretch certain aspects for convenience, that fact of the matter is the product is supposed to entertain me and Fracture did just that. (Anyone interested in Connelly books that have been made into film they can find Blood Work starring Clint Eastwood as most any rental store.) Fracture may not use the theater environment for any astounding special effects and you may be the sort of person who cannot help but sit through a movie and strain to find plot holes to later complain about. The truth about Fracture’s weak spots is that they don’t matter, if you even find them, you’re still going to enjoy the show for one reason or another.