Sometime a film feels right from the first frame - the tone, color, atmosphere, movement and the characters all appear to click together right away. Fracture has that quality, as it opens with Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) watching marbles floating down tracks in a precise fashion. It symbolizes his meticulous planning and control.
Also a gorgeous Embeth Davidson who plays Jennifer Crawford has an affair with detective Flores (Cliff Curtis) and is suddenly shot in the head execution style by her husband. It all appears to be a cut and dried prosecution for young hot shot attorney Willy Beachum played with relaxed confidence by Ryan Gosling.
Headed for an new high priced job with a firm along with Nikki Gardner a very attractive blond played mysteriously and sexy by Rosamund Pike. Neither of the main characters is aware at the beginning that they will be involved in a trial with confusing turns similar to those in Presumed Innocent. As the twists begin to come to the surface we see Hopkins using his eyes in a manner almost as mesmerizing as he did in The Silence of the Lambs, but here he is far more intelligent, main stream and clever.
While the musical score enhances the drama the flow of comical lines of confidence from Hopkins breaks the tension and fills the audience with nervous laughter. Hopkins' Crawford has an opulent life style from his sliver sports car to a home in the hills above Los Angeles, which has a sweeping security door at the entrance of the driveway, which gives off the sense of a fortress.
In fact all the characters are rich and interesting; only Gosling's Beachum needs to climb higher to reach that atmosphere of six plus figures and only the murder trial against a very skilled Ted Crawford may take that opportunity away. He almost finds himself in a reach as high as Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun.
As cracked eggs in a basket are fractured, Beachum's rise may fall quickly but at the same time even a fractured use of the law when the obvious is not true can break and turn on the best of minds. How that can happen is the genius of Fractured.