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In thie gripping thriller, a high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team - testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.

Starring:
Eric Bana, Jim Broadbent
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Eric Bana, Jim Broadbent, Ann-Marie Duff, Ciaran Hinds
Director John Crowley
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 18 April 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing French, German
Subtitles English, French, German, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Jim Broadbent, Eric Bana, Ann-Marie Duff, Ciaran Hinds
Director John Crowley
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 18 April 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing German, French
Subtitles Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Danish, French, English

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 19 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Its a bread and butter thriller this one. Bana and Hall play barristers who are working on a massive case opposite each other, and they had an affair some time in the past.

Obviously there are conflicts of interest, and some professionals have worked on the script, because all the Jargon and plot holes are very clever and hold your interest for more than two minutes.

Lo and behold though, there is conspiracy afoot, and Tariq from Eastenders appears in Halls office from time to time offering his card several times. Bana is conflicted,that's why he rows a boat for sport, Hall is classy, and Stiles pops up in a worthless cameo.

But how come Jim Broadbent plays the worst deep throat ever committed to celluloid? He may as well be called Basil Exposition, and wear a T-shirt saying 'I'm your friend, but I'm really a bit of a bad guy, so I'll warn you subliminally, but don't cross me'.

Twenty years ago, this would have starred Michael Douglas and Demi Moore as the leads, and Charlton Heston would have been the deep throat character.

The only difference is, the film made in 1994 would have been one of the hits of the year. Why (ironically) this went under the radar, is because, despite the brilliant acting from all involved, and some quite tense moments, it's the same thing that has been churned out since Beatty was in The Parallex View'.

Its forty years of if it ain't broken don't fix it, and its becoming tiresome.

But it's set in London, there's always London....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Prospero77 VINE VOICE on 19 July 2014
Format: DVD
This felt an oddly decaffeinated thriller. I emphasize oddly because the cast look excellent and the blurb on the front cover- "They see your every move", might indicate a new digital update on the 'Enemy of the state' surveillance genre. But if I was expecting a taut John Grisham style thriller I could forget it. Hall is excellent and as usual very watchable but oh my word the plot! I've never come across so many glaring gaps and blazingly obvious plot twists. It felt like a first time screenwriters draft at times such were the convenient jumps in story arc. The whole structure ultimately lacked style, wit or panache. The jeering in the House of Commons at the end was reminiscent of such British film debacles as 'Who Dares Wins' in the 1980s. Eric Bana has his plus points but he was completely wrong for this part I'm afraid. Someone like Russel Crowe or Daniel Craig might have breathed life into the script but in essence this was nothing more than an overblown episode of Spooks aspiring to be a John Grisham classic. As for the surveillance angle, this really drifted in terms of sub-theme. Bourne, Mission Impossible and even lightweight 90s movies like Eraser have all utilised electronic intrusion and government conspiracy more skillfully. Here, the surveillance angle seemed an awkward after thought nailed on to provide a neat promo line for future art work. Also, the repeated 'escapes' by the protagonists were handled with all the drama of childrens television. No extras on the DVD and sadly no extras in the film really! Two stars for Rebecca who rescues it all from complete farce but they should have done better with the talent on offer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
An excellent film about terrorism, the role of closed circuit cameras and their use by secret organisations to protect us - or are they protecting us ? The film focusses on the covert operations of MI5 their tactics , mistakes and the lengths they're prepared to go to stop themselves from appearing amateurish. You need to watch the film carefully as there are a lot of clues to what's actually going on, and you soon realise that you can't trust anyone. An intelligent film without any car chases or soppy sentimentality so prevalent in most modern films.
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