A solid cinematic chess match with legal thriller trappings, Fracture centers around Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins), a well-to-do man who kills his cheating wife, and readily admits it to the responding police officer. Crawford has his eyes on a bigger game, though, and mitigating circumstances, including the lack of a matching weapon, give him several important trump cards when he decides to represent himself in court against hotshot
A very well made genre picture full of smartly modulated
on a few significant leaps in believability, certainly (a murder case going to
trial in under two weeks, for one), but director Gregory Hoblit (NYPD Blue, Primal Fear) knows his way
around the criminal justice system.