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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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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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    • Actors: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff
    • Directors: John Crowley
    • Writers: Steve Knight
    • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Chris Clark
    • 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:
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    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2014
    • Run Time: 96 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00BEIYNRS
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Closed Circuit" on IMDb

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    By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2013
    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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    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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    3.5 stars
    A woman having lunch with her child, a man talking on his cell, people milling about, a man yelling at the a big white truck that was parked in the wrong place, Borough Market in London, and then a big white cloud as everything explodes. We see London from the view of split security cameras as this film opens, first one picture then two, four, eight, and the screen fills with the pictures of life that suddenly stops. What a magnificent beginning.

    The next view is a funeral of a lawyer who committed suicide under peculiar circumstances. Then, we discover the lawyer was assigned to defend one of the perpetrators of the bombing. Two new lawyers are assigned, one who will defend him in public, Martin Rose, played by Eric Bana, and a special advocate, Coaudia Simmons-Howe, played by Rebecca Hall. Her role is to defend the bomber in private sessions, and is the only person allowed to see secret evidence that even the defendant is not privy.

    The film becomes one of the line minded television series that is prevalent in the UK, good but not great. We see as the film moves along exactly what the outcome will be, the cat and mouse games, the one surprise may be the head of MI-5, but when we think about it, we know that was expected. People come and go, a US journalist who knew too much, the same taxi picks up Martin Rose until he catches on. Claudia Simmons-Howe fights harder because she is a woman, and she wants to do it her way.

    In a good light, we see the scenes of London, much of London we ordinarily would not see. The scull barn that houses Martin's scull, and a beautiful view of the Thames. The modern apartment of Claudia, with many sided windows that give a view into her private life.
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