Closed Circuit


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Filmmaking doesn’t get much more timely than this: as politicians debate personal privacy, online spying and domestic terrorism, writer Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) and director John Crowley (Boy A) present Closed Circuit, which wraps up all those issues into a neat little John Le Carré-esque thriller package.

Sadly, thanks to ropey performances, join-the-dots plotting and toe-curlingly awful dialogue, all those good intentions amount to little. Eric Bana is pompous and unconvincingly posh as Martin Rose, the barrister called on to defend a Turkish immigrant accused of masterminding a bombing in London’s Borough Market. Rebecca Hall is Special Advocate Claudia Simmons-Howe, representing the accused when the case goes to closed session at the request of MI5. If any of this is confusing, don’t worry: the movie spells it all out with numbing, repetitive obviousness.

How Knight and Crowley managed to persuade such upstanding actors – not to mention Jim Broadbent, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciaran Hinds and Riz Ahmed – to take part in this fiasco is destined to remain a mystery.

By Tom Huddleston
Time Out Doha,

Closed Circuit

  • Duration: 96
  • Released: Thu, 27 Mar
  • Classification: PG15
  • Language: English
  • Director: John Crowley
  • Stars: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent

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