In the trailer, Anthony Hopkins’ character looks at Ryan Gosling’s character and says “If you look closely enough, you will find everything has a weak spot.” I quickly found that those words not only set the tone for the films plot, but also epitomized the level of entertainment that I should expect.
Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) has recently accepted a job offer from an elite law firm. Before he can leave his current position with the District Attorney’s office, he has to close out one final case. Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) has been arrested for the murder of his wife, and confessed to the crime. When Willy finds out that Crawford has confessed and the murder weapon is in custody, he thinks it will be just another open and shut case. Soon though, Willy figures out that this case will take much more than he had bargained for.
Well, here it is again. The mystery of the over promising trailer. Usually any movie with Anthony Hopkins can’t go wrong. But wrong Fracture was. This is pure Hollywood. Ryan Gosling is fresh off the Oscar wagon, and audiences aren’t saying “Ryan who?” anymore. So how does a film with two fine thespians and a seemingly interesting plot go down faster than a green-eyed Paris Hilton? It could have been that the Director, or Editor couldn’t leave a few more feet of film on the cutting room floor where it should belong.
I felt like I was trapped in a Where’s Waldo book for almost two hours. The story dragged on way too long with the idea that Willy needed the murder weapon to convict Crawford, but couldn’t find it. Maybe he should have spent more time at the crime scene and less bedding Rosamund Pike (I’ll take care of that). Now that i mention it, Pike’s character was completely unnecessary and just added minutes on the runtime. I could sit here all day and say what the movie could have been, but I’d rather tell you what it was. It was boring, and even a twist ending couldn’t help the film save face.
Anthony Hopkins was, well in the zone. He never disappoints. Some of the cat and mouse play between Gosling and Hopkins was fantastic, but just stalled near the middle of the film. The film could have been salvaged by the performances of Hopkins and Gosling, but their roles were spread too thin across this film’s 112 minute runtime. There isn’t much i can say for a film that I am sorely disappointed in, and find to be less entertaining than late night PBS.