Fracture (2007) Movie Review


Cast: Ryan Gosling plays a young, overconfident, ambitious Deputy District Attorney named Willie Beachum. Rarely ever losing a court case, Willie finally meets his match and has to rethink and outsmart the man on the opposite end of the table. The character who is Willie’s mental match is none other than Ted Crawford, played by Anthony Hopkins. Ted Crawford is so meticulous with his so-called perfect crime that he toys with Willie’s ego like a master at a chess game with his every move. The woman who is the middle of all this due to her affair with a detective is Jennifer Crawford, played by Embeth Davidtz. Billy Burke plays Lt. Rob Nunally who is the detective (and hostage negotiator) that is having the affair with Ted’s wife. When Willie decides to take on another higher paying position at another firm, he goes and tells his District Attorney. David Strathairn, plays the District Attorney who plays an important role in Willie’s decision in taking on the court case and getting advice about the case he’s taking on. Rosamunde Pike plays Nikki Gardner who is Willie’s new boss. Nikki and Willie have an immediate attraction to each other and have to find a way to balance their personal lives with work.

Basic movie facts: There are several boxes that can be seen in the background when Gosling sits in his office. The names on the boxes are of the cinematographer, set designers and second assistant directors if you look close enough.  There is a slight reference to James Bond in the movie towards Willie in court by the judge, but that was only because Rosamunde Pike (Nikki Gardner) was in the movie “Die Another Day”. Billy Burke played Charlie Swan in the Twilight movies, so when Ted Crawford says that there are “a lot of vampires out there” to Lt. Rob Nunally (Burke), you know why.

Pros: As a person who takes and loves photography, it’s very common for me to view cinematography as a moving photograph. I have my own rules where if a movie can be paused at any time in the entire film and look like a perfect photograph, then I know that is talent with the cinematographer. This movie had that. Every frame was beautifully set and lighting was perfect. I was amazed at how easy each scene transitioned to another without too much effort and the angles and dimensions were smooth and flawless. You can thank  Kramer Morgenthau for such exquisite talent because you might have even seen many of his works from the list of 43 films he’s been involved in. If Hannibal had a nicer brother, it would be Ted Crawford who was played superbly by Anthony Hopkins. You can definitely see the pure and easy talent Mr. Hopkins brings to the movie. As you may already know, John Grisham is one of my favorite authors and his books deal with lawyers and suspense, so this movie was easy for me to understand.

Cons: I think Willie should have worn a hidden mic somewhere in his shirt to tape all the verbal confessions Ted Crawford gave him throughout the movie. But if he had done that, the movie would have lasted less than 45 minutes and that would not have been too fun, would it? I think Nikki Gardner’s character’s was thrown in last minute to give the characters a softer side and leverage out the seriousness of the court case, but I think the movie still could have worked without her.

Music score: Music scores were produced by Mychael Danna. I especially liked the track called “I decide when it gets pulled”. This particular track is mysterious, dark yet suspenseful. Just the sounds of the rapid pace of the drums is enough to get your own heart beating faster than usual for this particular scene.  Even if I never saw the movie before, just hearing the track is frightening! Well played Mychael Danna, well played (no pun intended). Mychael then goes on to make another track called “Beachum” in reference to Ryan’s character. The track starts off confident, sexy and alluring only to end much differently than when it began, just like the revolution of Beachum’s character in the movie. If you liked the music in the movie “Life of Pi” then you are already familiar with Danna’s work. He won an Academy award for Best Original Score for “Life of Pi”. Pretty impressive!


Favorite quote: The reason why this movie was cleverly named “Fracture” is because the object in question may look fine and without any fault, but a small fracture somewhere (the weak spot) can be found and once found, can easily be broken. Ted Crawford already knew Willie’s weak spot, but it took Willie longer to find out what Ted’s weak spot was in order to break him.

Ted Crawford: “No, I used to candle eggs at his farm. Do you know what that is? You hold an egg up to the light of a candle and you look for imperfections. The first time I did it he told me to put all the eggs that were cracked or flawed into a bucket for the bakery. And he came back an hour later, and there were 300 eggs in the bakery bucket. He asked me what the hell I was doing. I found a flaw in every single one of them – you know, thin places in the shell; fine, hairline cracks. You look closely enough, you’ll find that everything has a weak spot where it can break, sooner or later.”

Audience reaction: This movie is a psychological thriller, one of my favorite types of movies to watch. I love story lines where there is mental challenge between two very strong and equipped characters. The movie tells you what happened, but it does not tell you how it happened, which is great to figure out as the movie unfolds. I was transfixed and mesmerized the entire movie as I watched it online. This was a fun movie to review! I should do more Ryan Gosling movie reviews throughout this year.

Relatability: I personally know two negotiators. It definitely takes a certain type of person to do such a job. Anyways, I highly recommend this movie. Go see it!

28 thoughts on “Fracture (2007) Movie Review

  1. This was a great movie; I loved it, too and would wholeheartedly recommend it.
    I would probably see this movie again, too (something I don’t do very often; a movie has to be extremely good for me to want to view it more than once). 😉
    A great review, btw…. 🙂


    1. Yeah, this type of movie is fun to watch again and you know why too! 😀 There are different types of levels of watchable movies. Some movies I can rewatch as soon as the movie ends, some a few days later and others a few years later. Thanks for the compliment! I always appreciate your intake! 🙂


      1. Tammy

        I do not get why is the judges Moran in the last scene the same man who was in the hospital where Ted signed an order to turn off device?


    1. Yeah, I have to add the trailer underneath the blog. I purposefully don’t summarize the entire story because other bloggers can do that for me. I just talk about the characters and their part in the movie and I allow the trailer to summarize the movie for me for those interested in watching the movie. I ran out of time and alertness last night. I was up late working on this! I still have to do a podcast for this too. Check it out Michelle!


    1. Well A LOT of reasons were/are because of Ryan Gosling being in it, but I had to control myself of how much I was writing in adoration about him….I actually made it sound like a normal movie review blog, but deep down I was thinking, “OMG!! RYAN is sooo hot in this movie!!” Haha! Just in case he comes around and reads my blogs. I want to sound like a normal movie blogger. You never know. He might just ask me out for dinner. Haha! (I wish).


      1. I’m pretty sure he will stop by this evening and ask you to one of his movies so you guys can make out, you know because he has seen it already. You were pretty chill in the review, even going as far as using cinematography. Kudos.


  2. Haha, aw! Thanks! I love talking about the cinematography because I’m such a visual person. I touched upon it in the past movie reviews, but this film was so perfect in the cinematography, I just had to spend a bit more time writing about it. In fact, I guess it was good enough for the cinematographer, Kramer Morgenthau of the movie “Fracture” (he filmed “Thor: The Dark World”, “The Express”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Games of Thrones” to follow me on twitter! How cool is that?!! 😀


    1. I loved it!! I was blown away by how it was filmed. It’s rare when I am so captivated by the technique of filmmaking. I’m speaking from a photographer’s point of view because that’s how I viewed this film. Thanks for stopping by Dan! Stay dry in this weather! Lol


  3. It’s very cool!! Serious he have filmed “Games of Thrones”!!?? I’ve just start to watch the series on TV. I absolute will check out this movie. I like your review alot. Look forward to your next blog already. 🙂


    1. He filmed 2 episodes of Games of Thrones, which is spiking my interest now. I’ve heard of Games of Thrones, but haven’t watched it yet. Perhaps I’ll check it out soon. Thanks for the compliment. Out of all my movie reviews this year, this has been my favorite because it’s written exactly how I’ve wanted my reviews to read. I had information about the music score and some movie facts. Usually, when I review, one of those things are missing. This was a perfect movie review in which all my 7 components were filled with information. I hope my future movie reviews can be just as informative to my readers. The movie “The Scapegoat” didn’t have much information regarding the music, so it feel short of being complete in my eyes. Oh well. Thanks for your comment!


    1. Haha, “diabolical”…..Ryan Gosling is your favorite actor, hehe! Or at least that’s what you told me this morning. Thanks for the compliment! This was a fun review. Hope I have many more in the future! 😀


  4. You really did a good job with your descriptions. I enjoyed the details.
    Your creativity with words and scenes is exceptional.
    Probably, we would be watching your own movies soon? 🙂


    1. Thanks so much! I was only doing my best to describe what I saw and how the camera moved. Sometimes the way a movie is filmed is so exceptional, you can’t help but notice it. I watch movies a lot, but if you look closely enough, you’ll see various methods and techniques each filmmaker uses. I just happen to admire and love the way Kramer films his movies. Thanks for your lovely comment!!!


    1. Aww, oh wow! That’s quite a compliment. Now I fear I will disappoint you in the future if I dislike a movie! Ah, I will try my best. I try to review movies I like and not review real bad movies. I leave that for others to do. You just never know who reads our blogs. I want someone to sit back and have a smile on their face at their hard work. One day I might have a movie done of my life. It’s fun to pick who I want in my life movie. I just wish I was more poetic. I guess I express my feelings better. Lol. 😛


      1. Wishes come true, you know? Don’t stop dreaming. You can reach your dreams.
        About being poetic, that can be developed too. Forming rhymes, using figures of speech and generating creative imagery keep improving as you keep practicing any new concept you come across.
        Your life movie would be a must-watch! Who wouldn’t want to view it? I wonder!
        Keep doing your thing, dear. You are good at it. 🙂


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    1. Yes, please check it out. I think you’ll like it. He plays such a different character and so cocky too! 😛 I’m guessing he was 27 years old when this was released. You’ll like the mental battle he has with Anthony Hopkins in this movie. Thanks for stopping by! 😀


  6. Great review. I’m right with you with regard to paying close attention to cinematography.
    I enjoy watching recent seasons of “River Monsters” for this very reason.

    Just a quick thought here. Didn’t you think that Gosling was a little out of his league in this project, and it bloody well showed?
    I almost couldn’t enjoy the film because Gosling’s character came across so much like a little farm boy from Kansas pretending to be something that he visibly wasn’t.

    I know that I’m not alone in thinking this. My wife, and several of my friends have mentioned the same thing.

    What do you think?


    1. I’m a huge fan of River Monsters! I never quite took notice of the filming, but I do like how the host speaks Portuguese and is informative about the fish! Love that show! What I love about the Gos is that he doesn’t care about his limits. He will do it anyways and stretch his art form. I thought he played his character very well as a very cocky and arrogant person. Yeah, I guess he kinda looks like a farm boy, but a smart and arrogant farm boy! Lol. I’m still going through all his films to see the different roles he has done. The “Half Nelson” bore me to tears. But I understand where you are coming from! There are some actors now who I think don’t come across as their character.


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