Fracture

FractureBB

(out of 5)


Selling your soul for cash is not without consequences, as  learns in this tepid thriller.  It’s a film mainly designed to give Gosling another opportunity to rub his eyes and chin for two hours and let  phone in his Silence Of The Lambs performance from a faraway vacation spot. On the cusp of leaving the D.A.’s office for a ritzy corporate law firm, Gosling is given what seems to be an open-and-shut case of first degree murder after a wealthy aeronautics tycoon (Hopkins) kills his unfaithful wife () and confesses to the police. It turns out to be more complicated, however, when hard evidence against Hopkins is nowhere to be found and Gosling is forced to either fight for justice, and thereby regain his morality, or take the easy way out and ensure a wealthy future. Despite some interesting twists, the film is badly paced (by the director of the excellent legal thriller Primal Fear of all people) and poorly acted; Gosling is so desperate to be labelled the young Brando with his constant overemphasis on fatigued mannerisms and mumbled dialogue that we can hardly believe he could actually graduate law school and be hired by an elected official, while Hopkins simply looks bored and anxious to pick up his pay cheque.


New Line Cinema, Castle Rock Entertainment, Weinstock Productions, M7 Filmproduktion

USA/Germany, 2007

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by Daniel Pyne,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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