By Bassam Tarazi | Image property of respective holders.
It helps to have good actors.
You knew that when this movie came out it couldn’t be bad. You had Anthony Hopkins playing a role where he feels so comfortable, the villain. And then there’s Ryan Gosling, the new ‘it’ actor fresh off his Oscar nomination for Half Nelson. How could you go wrong? The problem wasn’t so much that anything went wrong in the film it’s just that it never seemed to take that leap up to a great film.
DVD Review: Fracture
You see Hopkins kill his wife in the beginning of the movie so that is no surprise and the ‘wow’ factor of the film was to be how he gets away with it. Gosling’s character (Willie Beechum) is the prosecutor in charge of convicting Ted Crawford (Hopkins). Of course there are some twists and turns which keep him from doing that.
All in all the film never leaves the realm of ‘good’ when it seems to have so many chances to. The acting is superb and there is a reason that Hopkins and Gosling get the acclaim they do. But the side story with Beechum and Nikki Gardner (Rosamund Pike) is completely out of left field and is only there to fill up the 2 hour movie time. Her character had no importance whatsoever.
The ending is a bit of a let down no matter how you cut it. You hand on and hang on until the end waiting for that ‘great’ moment, only to see that the filmmakers wanted to stay at ‘good’. That was a bit disappointing.
Maybe they should have used one of the two alternate endings. You can be the judge!