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Closed Circuit

British thriller Closed Circuit opens with a frightening image that’s become all too familiar: A grid of security camera footage fills the screen, allowing us glimpses of people going about their lives in a London marketplace. Then, suddenly, there’s an explosion, turning all screens gray with dust. Director John Crowley’s paranoid thriller seems ripped from recent headlines, with memories of the National Security Agency scandal and the Boston Marathon bombings evoked within seconds. It’s scary, real-world stuff, seemingly the work of a filmmaker so tapped into current events that he can speak to worldwide fears. Except Crowley’s film doesn’t address anything particularly new or relevant. Sure, Closed Circuit seems like it’s responding to the NSA scandal and Boston through a fictionalized lens, but—unless it’s the most rapidly completed studio film in history—what we have here is a standard conspiracy film released at just the right time. That’s not to say it lacks merits. As the defense lawyer investigating the circumstances of the attacks, Eric Bana is superb as always. As the suspect’s “special advocate,” Rebecca Hall exudes intelligence and fear in equal measure. It’s part courtroom drama, part detective procedural and part foot-chase flick. Which is to say it’s part riveting, part boring and part suspenseful. What it is not, though, is topical or up-to-date.
  • Genres: Thriller
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Brief Violence, Language ]
  • Critic's Score: C+
  • Starring: Eric Bana [Martin], Rebecca Hall [Claudia], Ciarán Hinds [Devlin], Riz Ahmed [Nazrul Sharma], Anne-Marie Duff [Melissa], Kenneth Cranham [Cameron Fischer], Denis Moschitto [Farroukh Erdogan], Julia Stiles [Joanna Reece], Jim Broadbent [Attorney General], Pinar Ögün [Ilkay Erdogan], Hasancan Cifci [Emir Erdogan], James Lowe [Simon Fellowes], Doug Allen [Ryan], Jemma Powell [Elizabeth], Isaac Hempstead-Wright [Tom Rose]
  • Directed by: John Crowley [Director], Steven Knight [Screenwriter], Tim Bevan [Producer], Eric Fellner [Producer], Chris Clark [Producer], Tim Owen [Executive Producer], Liza Chasin [Executive Producer], Amelia Granger [Executive Producer], Adriano Goldman [Cinematographer], Jim Clay [Production Design], Lucia Zuchetti [Film Editor], Natalie Ward [Costume Designer], Joby Talbot [Original Music], Fiona Weir [Casting], Dominic Masters [Supervising Art Direction], Matthew Gray [Art Director], Caroline Smith [Set Decoration]
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