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Fracture - Bullets :::!!!Warning!!!::: Spoiler
Ok, follow me on this one. In the movie, think about the bullets. Hopkins went to the hotel room to switch guns. The police's gun was most likely loaded, Hopkins must have replaced it with an empty gun because 4 of the casings were missing out of the pack. The police officer would have realized it was empty. I have thought about so many different ways it would have worked, please let me know if you have a logical, plausible explanation for how the bullet math works.
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Sharky on 04-24-2007
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Wally writes:
If you recall they mentioned that the gun was not fired. It’s a little confusing but this part is explainable. There is a non-plausible point here but I’ll point that out later. For the sake of clarity, lets call the pistol that Hopkins owned as Gun-A, it was never fired and for the sake of clarity, never even loaded with bullets. Gun-B is the police officers pistol and was loaded. Hopkins went into the hotel room and swapped pistols, which means that the officer now has Gun-B, which is still unloaded. Hopkins now has the loaded Gun-A where he takes home, replaces the first 4 bullets, and does the deed. When the police officer comes in, he still has Gun-A (the empty gun) and Hopkins has the loaded Gun-B (actual murder weapon) and they both lay their guns down. When the officer sees that the woman that was shot is his lover, Hopkins switches the guns back again before the other officers barge in. They now take Gun-A and treat it as the murder weapon. The part that is not plausible is that, since the “officers” gun left the officer’s position, I would think they would take both guns and test it to eliminate a second gun defense on Hopkins part.
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PeteUK writes:
Just watched the movie - great plot. As it's all fresh in my head, I can't see a problem - or maybe I'm missing something. Here goes... Call Hopkins's gun Gun-H, the cop's gun Gun-C. Hopkins leaves his, fully-loaded Gun-H in the cop's hotel room and borrows the cop's Gun-C. He shoots his wife, then immediately replaces the cartridges now missing in Gun-C with his own cartridges from his own gun case (i.e. the case for Gun-H which we saw in the movie with missing ammunition). When the cop is bending over his wife, Hopkins simply switches Gun-C for Gun-H. Thus, Hopkins ends up with his own gun, fully loaded. At no time in the movie did they say there were any cartridges missing from Hopkins's gun, they just said it had never been fired - I think this is where the confusion has arisen. However, there is another slip-up. Because the cop has got his evidence room buddy to switch the cartridge cases in evidence with cartridges for his planted gun (which was never "discovered" of course), these evidential cartridges will not now match the gun which actually committed the murder (i.e. Gun-C). So Hopkins may still get off!!
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Ben writes:
He could have switched the magazines that contain the bullets, so taken the cops magazine out and placed it in his before doing the swap. Then he's only swapping the guns, bullets all stay where they are. Im not sure how gun licensing works in the US, but would have thought a gun might have a serial number that was linked to a license? So if they looked up the number they would have known it was the cops gun straight away.
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Sharky writes:
I see, that is the most logical explanation however I dont think Hopkins had enough time to switch the clips, he isnt out of sight for more than 5 secs which he uses to wipe down the gun so the cops prints arent on it. that is a good comment though, i will say it was very helpful. so this is the break down then: ~hopkins goes to hotel room ~he switches the guns but NOT the clips ~the cop is left with a diff gun but the same fully loaded clip ~hopkins puts 4 bullets in his original clip, but the cops gun ~shoots wife ~switches guns, but not clips, so the cop STILL has a loaded gun, but now its the one that shot the wife. The only problem now is the time. Thank you for solving it though! (they really should have made it more clear)
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x25 writes:
When the cop kills himself after the trial, we see his gun beside him. Does any one else feel it’s a different looking gun than the one that was used to murder his girlfriend originally?
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