Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Film Review: Fracture

My brother bought me the film Fracture for my birthday after I'd said that the trailer for it looked interesting.

I finally managed to find the time to sit down and watch it at the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It reminded me a lot of the John Grisham courtroom novels (such as The Runaway Jury or the Rainmaker). Without giving away any of the plot the film focuses on the game played between the two main characters: Ted Crawford (played by Anthony Hopkins) who has been arrested for shooting his wife and Willy Beachum (played by Ryan Gosling) the prosecutor who is trying to prove the crime occurred.

My one complaint about the film is that it could simply be viewed as a two hour Apple advert. I didn't actually see an iPod at any point in the film (although given my powers of observation I could easily have missed one), however, you couldn't miss the vast number of MacBooks placed prominently in many of the shots. As evidence I give you exhibits A through C:

There were also quite a few shots of videos being watched in QuickTime, although they were not quite as glaring as the MacBooks. I have no problem with subtle product placement in films and TV programmes but this was especially bad. In fact I'd go as far as to say it was worse than the new version of Casino Royale which, whilst a very good film, is basically a very long Sony advert.

My Rating: 5 Stars A truly excellent Apple advert film!

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