Arrogance meets cocky when Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins and Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling match wits in the entertaining and ridiculous legal thriller Fracture. On the defense side of the aisle is Hopkins as imperious aeronautical engineer Ted Crawford, who admits he shot his wife but still expects to get off. For the prosecution is Gosling as smug Los Angeles assistant district attorney Willie Beachum, a man who doesn't like to lose, but who needs to wrap up the case quickly so that he can start his new cushy corporate job. It is a terrific set up, or would be if it were possible to care about either character and if the story did so quickly unravel into the completely unbelievable.
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