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`Fracture' is wholly excellent
Topic by: JGereben
Posted: April 18, 2007 - 10:46 PM PDT
Last Reply: April 18, 2007 - 10:46 PM PDT

author topic: `Fracture' is wholly excellent
JGereben
post #1  on April 18, 2007 - 10:46 PM PDT  
Just as Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall, used in one of its scenes, "Fracture" is an intriguing, gleaming, exciting work. It's one of the best, most enjoyable recent films from Hollywood; "could have been a contender" to be called great if only it went beyond pure entertainment, if it left the viewer with some lasting thoughts or feelings beyond the fun of watching it - which is nothing to sneeze at.

Starring the most seductive evil-doer in all cinema, Anthony Hopkins, "Fracture" is an upside-down, Hitchcockian thriller. No need to wait two hours to find who did it. Bright and early, in full view of the audience, the Hopkins character shoots his cheating wife (Embeth Davidtz). The rest of the story - and excitement - is about his devilishly clever scheme to get away with it. Sure, it's been done before, but rarely this well.

Director Gregory Hoblit (of "Primal Fear" and "Frequency") keeps it all taut, fascinating, both dramatic and humorous. The cinematographer, Kramer Morgenthau (concentrating recently on TV productions), provides a brilliant contribution - the film shines and shimmers.

Bad-guy Hopkins doesn't have a knight in shining armor for an opponent. Ryan Gosling plays a young, ambitious, and somewhat sleazy assistant district attorney, who takes conviction for granted, while concentrating on a lucrative offer from a big corporate law firm - and a less than convincing affair with the fetching Rosamund Pike, his next boss-to-be.

The clever criminal wipes the judicial floor with the talented by careless prosecutor, and thereby hangs the tale, as the Gosling character makes a near-storybook conversion from hustler to a Man Who Cares. Hopkins and a fine cast - including David Strathairn, Fiona Shaw, and soprano Vivica Genaux (performing in Disney Hall) - overcome the occasionally flawed script, and keep it all going well enough to prevent a trip to the facilities, however near they may be. You stay and watch.

Pay close attention to the events leading up to the shooting: you will still not figure out the whole scheme, but may stay ahead of the district attorney.

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