Everyone’s always looking for the next James Dean, or the next Marlon Brando. The latest great white hope rests firmly on the shoulders of Ryan Gosling, an unusually sober and truthful young actor considering his early start in the “The Mickey Mouse Club” alongside Justin, Christina and Britney.

Seeming to prefer smaller, independent films, like The Believer and Half Nelson, Gosling’s only typical leading man role up until now was in The Notebook. Luckily for Hollywood and filmgoers alike, Gosling’s natural reluctance for stardom seems to have receded with the opportunity to work with Anthony Hopkins in Fracture.

These two excellent actors get the chance to face off in this well crafted thriller directed by Gregory Hoblit. The best part of the film plays out the metaphorical, subconscious desire for the father to still be able to beat his son and the son’s desire to finally best his father. Well matched and compelling, Hopkins and Gosling let the audience struggle with the question of who will win out.

Fracture is the sort of straight-forward, courtroom drama that thrived in the late ’80s and early ’90s with films like Suspect and The Firm. Not flashy but solid, Fracture proves both entertaining and satisfying.

Grade: A

Fracture is currently available.