"ride Comes Before the Fall"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(BB, C, Pa, LL, VV, S, A, M) Strong moral worldview, including some redemptive aspects, with examples of integrity, justice and ethical decisions extolled, plus some immoral pagan elements; 14 obscenities, including eight "f" words, and no profanities; two images of gunshot victims, with some blood; implied adultery and one instance of promiscuity; no nudity; one or two instances of casual drinking; no smoking or drug use; and, lying and some immorality rebuked, especially pride.
When Ted Crawford (played by Anthony Hopkins) discovers that his beautiful younger wife, Jennifer, is having an affair, he plans the perfect murder – her murder. The police soon arrive and believe Crawford is only holding his wife hostage. Among the police officers arriving at the crime scene at Crawford’s home is hostage negotiator Detective Rob Nunally (played by Billy Burke). Detective Nunally is the only officer permitted to enter the house. Crawford immediately confesses to the detective of shooting his wife. However, the detective is too shocked to pay close attention, as he realizes the victim, whose identity he didn’t know, is his adulterous lover.
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.