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October 5, 2007

'Fracture' — On my 2007 top ten movie list


From its very first frames — an absorbing close-up of a fiendishly complicated mechanism of rails and spheres created by Anthony Hopkins in pursuit of his hobby — this thriller held my attention, all the way to its surprising and satisfying conclusion.

Beautifully photographed and lit, with no lulls or pauses to let you catch your breath and think about what just happened, the story drives forward, with wonderful performances not only by Hopkins (pretty much what you expect from him) but also Ryan Gosling as his youthful legal adversary, Embeth Davidtz as Hopkins' unfaithful wife, and Rosamund Pike (sounding as if she'd been born and bred in the USA instead of being as she in fact is a British graduate of Oxford University) as a driven, blood-on-the-lips junior corporate lawyer and Gosling's boss and lover.

Why this great movie only played for a week or two in theaters before being consigned to DVD purgatory isn't a mystery — it's just the way things work nowadays.

Ain't 2007 great?

'Cause unlike the old days, now you can still see the movie, in fact enjoying it even more (what with the perfect clarity of DVDs and the absence of the myriad negative externalities accompanying today's moviegoing experience) than when you see it on the big screen.

As is the case more and more often these days, the DVD offers, along with the film as shown in theaters, not one but two alternate endings.

I'm confounded about why this sort of thing is of interest to enough people to merit inclusion.

Me, I pay to watch a movie or read a book because I want to experience the director or author's point of view: why would I want to choose an ending or series of events?

If that were the case I'd write my own book.

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I just realized I said "cool" like three times in three sentences. I promise I really am over 18, dude. ;)

Posted by: Shawn Lea | Oct 6, 2007 9:55:21 AM

I was so intrigued by the sculpture that I did some research on it. The kinetic object with the rolling glass marbles was designed by Dutch artist Mark Bischof. I found a lot of cool stuff - just search for kinetic art or kinetic sculpture. I loved the sound as much as the objects - I think it would be cool to have a kinetic marble thingie as a bed headboard.

I enjoyed the movie also but thought it owed a lot to Primal Fear.

Posted by: Shawn Lea | Oct 6, 2007 9:52:09 AM

Maybe because many people get inspiration from movies and books for their own lives? Perhaps the author wasn't sure of how to end things and wanted to give his market or audience a choice?

I'd like to think we are still somewhat in charge of our own lives; perhaps, each of us in charge, and responsible, for our own autobiography.

Posted by: NotCreativeEnough | Oct 5, 2007 11:04:12 PM

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