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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Okay. Good movie. Not incredible, but good. Plot holds together well if it all is a bit trite. Loved Rebecca Hall. Nicely acted.Published 12 days ago by David Alan Tussey
2013R: Bana and Hall play convincing barristers caught up in a web of secret service deceit while trying to defend their client of a horrible bombing. Not a lot of courtroom drama. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MFJLabs
Ever had some one say I loved the movie but did not understand whole thing lol. I loved it had u guessing till end.Published 1 month ago by Melissa L.
Fairly enjoyable , nice views of London. i thought it would give me insights into why CCTV is so prevalent in the UK but no dice.Published 2 months ago by Alex Eldridge
This required some focused attention to know what was going on. Not a bad movie but if you're looking to watch something just to kill a couple of hours you'll be lost and bored. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kevin
Although expertly acted throughout, with an intriguing and plausible build-up, Closed Circuit never quite delivers the taught, compelling conclusion it deserves. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shamen
Good movie; I enjoyed it. Good entertainment for an evening flick.Published 8 months ago by Grace127
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