Closed Circuit

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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Filmmaking doesn’t get much more timely than this: as politicians debate personal privacy, online spying and domestic terrorism, writer Steven Knight (‘Eastern Promises’) and director John Crowley (‘Boy A’) present ‘Closed Circuit’, which wraps up all those issues into a neat little John Le Carré-esque thriller package. Sadly, thanks to ropey performances, join-the-dots plotting and nail-shreddingly awful dialogue, all those good intentions amount to little. Eric Bana is pompous and unconvincingly posh as Martin Rose, the barrister called on to defend a Turkish immigrant accused of masterminding a bombing in Borough Market. Rebecca Hall is Special Advocate Claudia Simmons-Howe, representing the accused when the case goes to closed session at the request of MI5. If any of this is confusing, don’t worry: the movie spells it all out with numbing, repetitive obviousness. How Knight and Crowley managed to persuade such upstanding actors – not to mention Jim Broadbent, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciaran Hinds and Riz Ahmed – to take part in this fiasco is destined to remain a mystery. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Trite.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday October 25 2013
Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Crowley
Screenwriter: Steven Knight
Cast: Eric Bana
Rebecca Hall
Jim Broadbent
CiarĂ¡n Hinds
Julia Stiles
Riz Ahmed
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