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Closed Circuit (2013)

Eric Bana , Rebecca Hall , John Crowley  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall
  • Directors: John Crowley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BEIYNRS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Thriller Closed Circuit explores the modern web of surveillance--both the physical one, created by cameras watching our every move, and the political one, created by politicians who want to "protect" everyone by gathering data by every means possible. Martin (Eric Bana, Munich) and Claudia (Rebecca Hall) are lawyers simultaneously defending an accused terrorist; but due to concerns about national security, they're given different degrees of access to evidence. The most compelling part of the movie uses this facet of British law to strong narrative effect, as Martin and Claudia each try to dig through the case with different information. Unfortunately, most of the movie hinges on much more conventional plot devices, such as Martin and Claudia's secret history as lovers and whether the presumed terrorist is actually a double agent. Gradually, even the movie's central theme of surveillance falls away as Closed Circuit becomes a banal chase movie, with the hero and heroine trying to protect an innocent with crucial (yet irrelevant to the action of the movie) information. A lot of promise, some intriguing sequences, and a strong performance from Hall give the movie a good start, though. Also featuring Julia Stiles, Ciarán Hinds, and Jim Broadbent. --Bret Fetzer

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    From the producers of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy comes a riveting and suspenseful mystery starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall. A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly brings two exceptional lawyers (Bana and Hall) with a romantic past together on the defense team. They soon realize they’ve stepped into a dangerous web of cover-ups and lies, and their knowledge of the government’s top-secret classified evidence has put their reputations and lives at stake. Co-starring Ciarán Hinds, Julia Stiles and Jim Broadbent, it’s a non-stop, heart-racing guessing game that critics call “an entertaining conspiracy thriller.” (Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press)

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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    "Closed Circuit" (2013 release from the UK; 96 min.) brings the story of an alleged Turkish terrorist who sets off a major bomb in central London, killing scores of people. The movie moves foward six months when we get to know Martin (played by Eric Bana), a defense lawyer who is taking over for his boss/mentor Simon, who apparently has just killed himself. We also get to know Claudia (played by Rebecca hall), a special advocate and hence also defending the interests of the terrorist suspect (albeit in a different way from the 'regular' defense lawyer--the movie explains it all in much greater detail). As it happens, we learn that Claudia and Martin had an affair at one point, and don't like each other much anymore. Last, we also get to know Joanna (played by Julia Stiles), a New York Times reporter who is following the case closely. Other than scetching these basic introductions, I really don't want to reveal anything more of this plot-heavy movie, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Just be prepared to be surprised!

    Couple of comments: as the movie starts and the opening credits roll, we get dozens of views from the hundreds and thousands of closed circuit TV monitors that litter central London, and my first reaction to that was "who is minding all this information? hello, National Security Agency! but who's watching the NSA?". In that sense, the producers of this movie have been incredibly lucky with the timing of its release as NSA and similar agencies are on the minds of a lot of people, including myself. Second, keep in mind that this is a terrorist/political thriller, and hence that not everything or everyone is what they seem to be. Third, there is not a lot of 'action' in this movie but the movie is paced very tightly and flew by in no time for me.
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    17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    Terrorism is obviously a very real threat in the world today. In the post-9/11 world, security is at an all-time high, while the government has its eyes and ears on virtually every single thing we do. Terror threats often dominate the news on a seemingly daily basis, and despite our greatest fear of future global attacks, terrorism is still the basis for countless means of entertainment. Television shows, like 24 and Homeland, are and have been extremely popular, all the while films, like Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, and Zero Dark Thirty attempt to entertain and amuse the masses. It's a twisted concept to be sure, meaning it's our greatest fear, but it also makes for great entertainment. Sure, the same thing can be said for any works of fiction, although most fictitious threats are just that - fiction. Terrorism is a regular occurrence in the world and is also the subject of the new British drama, Closed Circuit.

    John Crowley (Is Anybody There?) directs Closed Circuit, starring Eric Bana as Martin Rose and Rebecca Hall as Claudia Simmons-Howe. Both Rose and Simmons-Howe, who've had a destructive romantic relationship in the past, take on a high-profile British defendant that allegedly exploded a truck in a public-filled area, killing more than 100 innocent people. However, in the process of looking over the evidence against their defendant, they discover their client might actually be innocent. The incident is a matter of national security, but MI5 is working to keep the detrimental pieces of information a secret and away from the general public. Julia Stiles, Jim Broadbent, and Riz Ahmed also star in supporting roles.
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    19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bana Can Carry Any Movie August 28, 2013
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    In London there are about 500,000 closed circuit cameras monitoring people's activities. This is a result of the terrorist bombings by the IRA in years past, but they are essential in today's tense climate. Inspired by actual events, our film opens with a fictional bombing in a crowded marketplace as viewed by a number of these ubiquitous cameras.

    With a tightly crafted screenplay by Steven Knight ("Amazing Grace") and capably led by award-winning director John Crowley ("Boy A") this cynical view of international terrorism left me so paranoid I suspected every person on screen with the possible exception of the Queen.

    Here are the players:
    * Eric Bana ("Munich") is a divorced barrister assigned to take over a case from a colleague who has committed suicide.
    * Rebecca Hall ("Iron Man 3") has been assigned the defense of the accused terrorist. BTW, she's the worst thing that ever happened to our divorced barrister.
    * Ciarán Hinds ("In Bruges") is a reassuring sounding board for our hero, who has become more and more alarmed as he delves ever deeper into the case.
    * Jim Broadbent ("Cloud Atlas") is the Attorney General who reassures us that everything the government does MUST be transparent to its citizens; THAT is how a democracy WORKS.
    * Julia Stiles ("The Silver Linings Playbook") is an American journalist who began digging into the case long before our hero, so she is very well informed.
    * Denis Moschitto (Lots of TV) is the accused terrorist. Problem is, for some reason the case is so sensitive he isn't allowed to see the charges against him. He is profane, angry and frightened. (And his son is in jeopardy!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars just ok
    This movie is ok. It was kind do predictable and the acting was ok. Worth a watch. I would pay more than 12 bucks for it. Maybe rent it.
    Published 3 days ago by Frank
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
    RECEIVED AS IS
    Published 9 days ago by Karen Barbu
    3.0 out of 5 stars Derivative and slow-paced, CC interestingly shows the exhaustion of...
    I saw this film on HBOGo, and didn't mind the first third. The actors are good, the music on the soundtrack generally very good, and the cinematography is also good. Read more
    Published 13 days ago by Orson Welles
    4.0 out of 5 stars Who Are the Terrorists?
    Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall portray two attorney's defending an Muslim terrorist, who killed more than 20 people when a car bomb is detonated in London. Read more
    Published 18 days ago by Tell Me a Story
    1.0 out of 5 stars tedious and boring
    This was a very disappointing movie. It was slow, tedious and boring. Not one in my collection I would want to watch again.
    Published 1 month ago by Deb
    1.0 out of 5 stars bad cast, good plot
    bad cast,good plot! watching the lead actors make me think why are they were given the roles designed for heterosexual. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Pio Chua
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    YUP
    Published 2 months ago by Dave Holmsten
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great
    Published 2 months ago by GRixse
    5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it very much
    This was a very interesting movie. I enjoyed it very much
    Published 2 months ago by Anita
    4.0 out of 5 stars Coulda been
    4 stars; could have been 4.5 or more if the ending were better. The first 90% of the film is really good. The last 10% is quite a bit slower and too predictable. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by M. Ivey
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