Fracture (2007) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Thriller
New Line || R - 113 minutes - $28.99 || June 16, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-07-26


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Writer(s): Daniel Pyne (story), Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers (screenplay)
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike


Theatrical Release Date: April 20, 2007


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Endings
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 5.1), Polish Voiceover (Dolby Digital 5.1), Russian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: If thereís a microscopic fracture in a metal, brilliant engineer Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) will find it. And if thereís the tiniest flaw in his cover-up of shooting his unfaithful wife, Crawford defies you Ė and prosecutor Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) Ė to find it. Beachumís legal talents and ethics are pushed to the limit as he faces off against Crawford in the cat-and-mouse moves and countermoves of Fracture.

Not sure why, but this 2007 legal thriller was pretty good, which shouldnít have been surprising given the talents of Anthony Hopkins who, after all these years, has not lost his touch. His Crawford character isnít exactly unique, heís more of a non-cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter, but Hopkinsí mere presence makes you forget that the character is a mirror image of Hannibal.

Then you add a rising talent in Ryan Gosling, propelled by fine performances in The Notebook and the lesser known but underrated Stay, you have two generational talents going mano-e-mano. Unfortunately Gosling hasnít done a whole lot since appearing in Lars and the Real Girl and has a couple projects lined up for 2009/2010. I can only hope he gets more exposure as he can be the next great talent rising in the ranks.

I will admit, Fracture does a few issues with some of the legalities (not so much with the ending, however) but when you have crisp dialogue, an intriguing story and two fascinating performances from the lead players, I could ignore any faults. Perhaps some lawyers will take issue with how the trial went and certain plot points, but I still found the movie to be an entertaining ride, blemishes and all.

Fracture was directed by Gregory Hoblit (director of the ho-hum psychological thriller Untraceable) with a screenplay by Daniel Pyne (The Sum of All Fears) and Glenn Gers (Mad Money).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All the features from the DVD have been ported over beginning with 5 deleted/alternate scenes (11:12), 2 alternate endings (22:47) and the theatrical trailer (2:21 ;HD). The alternate endings are the most interesting feature both used for test screenings. Letís just say the final one is the best.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Fracture is presented in 1080p high-definition and a 2.35 aspect ratio. All in all, itís not a bad HD transfer but I did tend to notice quite a bit of noise during some of the lighter scenes. That said, colors look about right with decent black levels and details on faces and background objects.

The audio wasnít quite as impressive. The Blu-ray comes with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track but I found some of the levels to be too low. I set my volume the same for each feature so I can adequately determine how well to does based on if I have to adjust the volume for a given Blu-ray (or DVD). But once I found the right level, itís an OK track. Dialogue is crisp and clear while Mychael Danna and Jeff Dannaís score makes use of the front and rear speakers.



.::OVERALL::.

Although I have questions about some of the legalities, Fracture is still a solid thriller featuring two good performances and a story that will keep you glued until the very end. I wasnít particularly impressed with either the picture or audio but they are adequate and the features are also fairly lacking as well.