ride Comes Before the Fall
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Billy Burke
and Ryan Gosling
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 113 Minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Executive Producer: Liz Glotzer, Hawk Koch, and
Producer: Charles Weinstock
Writer: Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers
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Then, although Crawford’s wife Jennifer was shot at point blank range, Det. Nunally realizes she is not dead. Crawford is arrested and charged with her attempted murder. It is a seemingly “slam dunk” case for the prosecutor assigned to the case, hot shot assistant district attorney Willy Beachum (played by Ryan Gosling). Nothing is as easy as it seems, however, especially this case. And, whether Jennifer will survive her wounds only adds to the suspense.
The directing, writing and acting in FRACTURE are all superb. Hopkins brings his Academy Award quality back to the screen, and Gosling continues to prove himself as one of today’s true rising stars. Although the entire plot of the movie deals with murder and infidelity, it is very redemptive at the end. The story and action move along well and keep the audience “enticed” throughout the film. There are some strong obscenities, however. The attempted murder scene, plus another death in the film, is depicted with some blood, but very briefly and with no “gore.” Crawford is a very seductive character whose tactics may make many viewers laugh, but he is never represented as a hero in the story.
The movie's other negative aspect is a scene of implied sexual promiscuity and discussion throughout the movie involving the adultery between the wife and detective. On the positive side, and despite the theme of murder, the movie upholds some moral values. The Assistant DA's character is faced with hard ethical/moral decisions, some of which have some surprisingly positive outcomes. In the end, justice and integrity are extolled.
Even so, the movie's brief use of strong foul language and its mature themes, not to mention its R rating, require extreme caution.
The directing, writing, and acting are all superb in FRACTURE. Although the entire plot deals with murder and infidelity, the ending is morally redemptive. The story and action move along well and keep the audience “enticed” throughout the film. Some strong foul language and mature themes, and the movie's R rating, require extreme caution, however.