Last night we watched this legal thriller from a couple of years ago. Anthony Hopkins plays an aerospace engineer whose wife is cheating on him. He comes up with an elaborate plan to kill her, but although he shoots her at close range, she doesn’t die but is only in a coma. Hopkins’ character is put on trial for attempted murder, and Ryan Gosling is the young, ambitious deputy district attorney from a poor background who’s given the job of prosecuting him. The young DA is about to go into corporate law, and this will be his last criminal case. Not surprisingly at all, the defendant is a lot smarter than anybody gives him credit for at first, and through a series of legal maneuvers seems to be on the verge of being acquitted and getting away with his crime. The rest of the movie is a cat-and-mouse game between Hopkins and Gosling, with a missing murder weapon and a conviction or acquittal as the prizes.
As much as I love movies where stuff blows up real good, it’s nice sometimes to sit down and watch a movie like this where there are no special effects or explosions. A well-done battle of wits can be just as exciting. While there’s quite a bit about FRACTURE that’s by-the-numbers, especially the characterizations, it’s an entertaining film and worth watching if you have a couple of hours to spend.
Music I’m Lisening To: SISSEL KYRKJEBØ “Summertime.”
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