Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts. Written by
Near the end, the case Beachum reviews regarding double jeopardy is People v. Bivens, 282 Cal. Rptr. 438, 231 Cal. App. 3d (Cal. Ct. App., 1991). Under Bivens, California can prosecute Crawford for murder, even though it arises out of the same transaction as a defendant's prior case. See more »
At the beginning of the movie when EMTs are working with Jennifer Crawford, they are heard saying "she has a pulse" and then administering chest compressions. According to BLS, when the patient has a palpable pulse, chest compressions are not administered. See more »
In Los Angeles, the structural engineer Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) witnesses his wife Jennifer Crawford (Embeth Davidtz) and her lover Lieutenant Robert 'Rob' Nunally (Billy Burke) in the swimming pool of a hotel. When Jennifer comes back home, he shoots her on the head and then he shoots three times against the windows. The gardener Ciro (Carlos Cervantes) calls the police and the negotiator Rob, who does not know the last name of his lover, gets the murder weapon and a confession from Ted.
Meanwhile, the young and efficient but arrogant prosecutor Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) is resigning his position in the low-pay public service work to join the private civil-law firm Wooton Sims but decides to accept the case, which is his assessment is easily resolved. Ted asks the judge to represent himself in court and Willy accepts. But sooner the winner Willy learns that the evidences can not be accepted in the trial and despite knowing that Ted is the killer, the murder weapon is missing and he needs to get new evidences otherwise he will lose the case and Ted will be a free man.
I bought "Fracture" on DVD a couple of years ago and I did not see this film until yesterday: my bad. This gripping film of crime, mystery and trial is great and as written by another IMDb User, "keeps the viewer glued to the seat". The duel between Anthony Hopkins, in one of his best recent works in the role of a manipulative and cold blood killer, and Ryan Gosling, in the role of an ambitious but human lawyer, is excellent.
Films of trial are usually attractive, at least for me. And "Fracture" never disappoints and the surprising plot point in the end is fantastic. Last but not the least, I regret that I did not associate the name of Gregory Hoblit to the also magnificent "Primal Fear", "Hart's War", "Frequency" and "Fallen". My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Um Crime de Mestre" ("A Crime of Master")
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