Combustible Celluloid
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With: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz, Billy Burke, Cliff Curtis, Fiona Shaw, Bob Gunton, Josh Stamberg, Xander Berkeley, Zoe Kazan, Judith Scott, Carlos Cervantes, Petrea Burchard, Garz Chan, Wendy Cutler, Larry Sullivan, Valerie Dillman
Written by: Daniel Pyne, Glenn Gers
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
MPAA Rating: R for language and some violent content
Running Time: 112
Date: 04/11/2007

Fracture (2007)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Spectre of Lecter

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

As the sly, cunning killer, Anthony Hopkins plays it static, like a rock with fixed eyes and a silky voice. Opposite him, Ryan Gosling plays the ambitious attorney, always restless and searching, chewing food, blinking or rubbing his face. They match and clash perfectly in this surprisingly sharp, mature mystery from director Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear, Frequency, Hart's War). Ted (Hopkins) is accused of murdering his wife, but has cooked up an airtight case involving adultery and a missing gun. On the verge of a luxurious new job, Willy (Gosling) must solve the case or lose everything. The film avoids the usual stagnant "thriller" setups, chases and showdowns, instead allowing for moods (the gorgeous, limpid lighting is by Kramer Morgenthau), false trails and a little breathing room. Fracture

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