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Closed Circuit (2013)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  28 August 2013 (USA)
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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.

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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.

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They see your every move


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$3,116,885 (USA) (30 August 2013)

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$5,733,310 (USA) (20 September 2013)
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Jim Broadbent played in the 1995 movie "Richard III" with a young Robert Downey, Jr., who would go on to play the Marvel super-hero character Iron Man. In this movie he plays alongside Eric Bana who played another Marvel super hero in 2004's "Hulk". See more »

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When Claudia meets Martin at the hotel, her stockings are almost completely torn, and she is virtually barefoot. Later as she leaves to go to the bathroom, her stockings are intact. See more »

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Mother: [walking in a busy market square] You really will have to rethink your lifestyle, you know?
Pregnant Daughter: What lifestyle are you taking about, mum?
Mother: Wine only on Fridays. And try to think about dark green vegetables.
Young Man on Cellphone: [appearing another video monitor] So really, that's the same as saying we'll never see each other again. Well it is. It just is.
Woman on Cellphone: [on another monitor] How can I do anything if I don't know what you want?
Teenage Girl: [in the background] She was so upset about it, and I said to her, "Look," I said, "...
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Disappointing, but it will always have London.
28 August 2013 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

"From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few." John Updike

Thrillers involving international heavy weights like the super British spy agency, MI5, are durable, reeking of intrigue and inscrutability. Such is the case of Closed Circuit with its terrorism incident killing scores of civilians and a subsequent trial at Old Bailey, where Martin Rose (Eric Bana) has been appointed defense counsel for accused spy, Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). Many questions are unanswered before the trial, not the least of the answers sealed in documentation not even the accused may see.

The plot has intelligent qualities; the execution not so. Martin's colleague, Claudia (Rebecca Hall), is a special advocate for the defense—only she may see the secret information. Unfortunately they had an affair, a fact that may compromise their case. One of the main players in the investigation is a young boy, a plot turn with possibilities but never fully exploited.

And so it goes, nothing really new after that. Some good guys turn out to be bad, MI5 is not transparent, and the accused is not who we thought he was. The closed circuit motif, introduced at the titles and interspersed throughout, is not as important as the title and occasional shots would suggest. Except for the shots of London around the Eye, nothing seems to be worth spending millions on the film for.

After the secrets have been revealed and the plot twist dutifully rendered, you may leave the theater feeling you missed something. You didn't. It's all a part of the requirements of the genre, perhaps a comforting feeling that you knew it all along. As for me, I missed what it could have been in my favorite city in the world.


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