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Movie Review: Fracture

Alternate Title: Face Off

Story: Sometimes even if a film has flaws it is extremely entertaining. This film easily fits into this category. It is a 'who' (or rather 'how') done it' mixed with wit, style, suspense and great acting. Director Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear) does a fine job in creating a bona fide scenery chewing thriller. The coordination of a fine screenplay by Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers rounds out the entertainment value.

Millionaire Ted Crawford discovers his younger wife is cheating on him and shoots her in the face. He confesses, becomes his own lawyer and matches wits in the courtroom with a young Assistant DA who is on the fast track to a corporate lifestyle. How he manages to outwit, outplay and outlast the Court is the meat of the film. I am not going to give away anymore plot points but I encourage you to go to see the film and sit back and enjoy the ride.

Are there plot holes? Absolutely. But I couldn't have cared less because it was so much fun.

Acting: Anthony Hopkins certainly recalls some of his infamous Hannibal Lector facial tics and mannerisms but that makes it all the more fun. Ryan Gosling has come a long way since he was a Mousketeer (in the same graduating class as Jusitn Timberlake, Christina Aguillera and Britney Speers). He is terrific in the part and you cannot help but see a younger Edward Norton on screen. The ensemble supporting cast is fine and includes: David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz and Billy Burke.

Predilection: None.

Critters: None.

Food: A Thanksgiving meal.

Blatant Product Placement: Apple computers everywhere and a shot of the LA downtown office buildings with a larger than life sign of Deloitte and Touche.

Soundtrack: Cat and mousy.

Opening Titles: An enticing opening title sequence superimposed over a fascinating table game.

Visual Art: Photography.

Theater Audience: A handful of New Yorkers like myself who needed a two hour break from all of this terrific spring weather.

Weather: Much of the film takes place at night but other than that it is nice. It is LA.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all.

Predictability Level: I did not know what was going on and had to think about the ending for awhile.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Oh, go to the big screen and have yourself some delicious movie fun. For some of Ryan Gosling's other films you can rent: Half Nelson, The Notebook, The United States of Leland, Murder by Numbers and The Believer

Length: Under two hours.