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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
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DVD, Blu-ray

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Product Details

Discs
  • 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 German, French
Subtitles Swedish, German, Finnish, Danish, English, French, Norwegian
Discs
  • 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 German, French
Subtitles Swedish, German, Finnish, Danish, English, French, Norwegian

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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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By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2014
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A clever, low-key thriller, Closed Circuit has more in common with Tinker Tailor than Jason Bourne. It’s a typically English conspiracy, exploring similar issues of modern political morality as Bill Nighy’s Page Eight.

This is most definitely not a running / shooting / shouting action-adventure thriller. Nor is it a courtroom drama although many of the tense moments come in the closed chambers of a confidential hearing. Instead, Closed Circuit is a slow-burn investigation of the background to a terrorist attack in London, where the two defence lawyers start tugging on threads which might undermine the prosecution case… and could also see them garrotted in a dark alley, late at night.
Like other recent political thrillers (Rendition springs to mind), this low-budget but well-written film explores the uncomfortable aspects of the ambiguous and restrictive legislation which superficially aims to keep citizens safe, but which in practice degrades personal liberty and the rule of law while empowering the security services to break all their own rules. There are clear echoes of Dr David Kelly’s suicide in here, and a gathering sense of mistrust in those people who are supposed to be protecting us.
This is fiction, however, so for dramatic purposes the two lead characters inevitably have to behave in ways which their real-world counterparts wouldn’t – putting themselves at risk and confronting the establishment (and its lethal operatives) head on. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall turn in creditable performances, and some of the best moments come in their early verbal sparring sessions as they jostle for intellectual superiority.
However, Closed Circuit doesn’t have the superb style or script of the Worricker Trilogy, and nor does it have such a satisfying ending.
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Format: Blu-ray
Closed Circuit is a routine conspiracy thriller which taps into the current terrorist threat facing the West. There is a surprising lack of tension or excitement - cool heads may be an asset in the legal profession but the two leads playing the legal eagles are so calm - at least until the murder attempt.
The story itself in terms of displaying the corruption and incompetency of MI5 is incredulous - not saying the state doesn't do dirty tricks or run double agents while allowing murder to take place to maintain their cover but why risk even allowing the under cover bomber to even reach court were it runs the risk of him revealing his double agent status. This simply would not be allowed to happen - at best he would face rendition or death - so instead for the purpose of the film not only does he get taken out , so does a journalist and another lawyer and an failed murder bid on another lawyer all involved in the case - really silly.
The sloppy use of the same taxi number is also unlikely as are the nervous twitches of the spymaster on the witness stand - the remit for the actress must have been - look as guilty as possible. For the uninitiated showing how the state suppresses evidence in the name of national security is worth noting but the director has taken an easy target and thrown credibility out the window. I actually liked Broadbent's quiet menacing performance. The least said about Bana's native accent seeping through the better
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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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