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Fracture

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Sam Emerson

Fracture

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
113 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/20/07
performer:
Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins, Embeth Davidtz, Rosamund Pike, David Strathairn
director:
Greg Hoblit
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
Daniel Pyne
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

If Ryan Gosling isn’t careful, he’s going to become a star. In Fracture, a bit of cinematic legal hokum, the Oscar nominee (Half Nelson) adopts the usual arrogance of a Dashing Legal Genius, but he imbues his ambitious DA with a nonchalance that oddly enhances his charm. As his case against an accused wife-killer (Anthony Hopkins) crumbles, his rebuttals aren’t eloquent speeches, but sputtering exasperation. How human. EXTRAS Deleted scenes and alternate endings reveal Gosling’s character’s tragic upbringing. Better to read it in his face than in the script. B