Release Date
August 28, 2013
Director
John Crowley
Screenplay
Steven Knight
Distributed By
Focus Features
Budget
$15 million
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Rated R for language and brief violence
96 minutes

Closed Circuit

With all the makings of a pithy and memorable thriller, “Closed Circuit” takes its flashy and topical subject matter of a government cover-up and squanders it with a less than impressive delivery. Saved mostly by the acting chops of the wonderful Rebecca Hall and an expected yet captivating performance from Eric Bana, what the film lacks in production and screenplay quality, it makes up for, not only with in-your-face lead performances, but with genre-bending supporting performances from Jim Broadbent, Ciarán Hinds, and Riz Ahmed as well. Constantly jumping forward through time, the action often loses steam by taking giant leaps away from its driving force.

For example, with a giant hook of an intro, involving a terrorist attack in a public outdoor market, the film instantly jumps six months into the future and, in the process, loses any anticipation built following the explosion. Taking some liberties and stepping away from the expectations placed on films coming out of Hollywood, Crowley’s British sub-thriller is able to deliver a few surprises as well as an unpredictable ending that may fall off a bit too quickly but strays from the norm. An action-thriller taking place mostly behind closed doors rather than in exterior chase scenes, the film touts a big, suspenseful game, but when it finally comes down to it, without its strong cast, “Closed Circuit” would be just another “us versus them” incarnation.

 

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