Opening in theatres today from director John Crowley and Focus Features comes a story of terrorism and a CLOSED CIRCUIT.
This film tells the story of a London market that is bombed by suspected terrorist Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto) and caught on closed circuit cameras all around the incident. An arrest is made fairly quickly but the trial is something else all together.
When the original lawyer commits suicide, the court replaces him with Martin Rose (Eric Bana). Knowing this case will be difficult it is made more so when he discovers a former lover, Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) is also on the team. Advising Rose on the case is his friend and colleague Devlin (Ciaran Hinds).
Agreeing to do their jobs accordingly, when they don’t know is that the Attorney General (Jim Broadbent) is encouraging them both to take the easy way. This friendly warning is given when Rose discovers that the terrorist on trial may have been working for MI5.
Being followed, recorded and watched wasn’t something either of them expected and now everyone is suspect!
FINAL WORD: Bana as Rose did a decent job in this role. His character may have walked into the set up but he certainly wasn’t going to go down without a fight. It is an interesting story to be told and Bana made it much easier to follow.
Hall as Simmons-Howe is also a character that was more interested in how things looked to others. Instead she should have trusted her spidey-senses that told her this case wasn’t something she needed to get involved in. Having said that Hall follows through gracefully.
Broadbent as the Attorney General had a creepy air about him that I kind of enjoyed. Every time the character smiled about something I knew that ‘this guy’ wasn’t someone to be trifled with. Broadbent doesn’t get the chance to play this kind of role much so I was thrilled with his performance.
Hinds – I’d talk about his role more but then MI5 would have to shoot you! Go see it for yourself. Ahmed as security detail Sharma is just a plain ole fashion garden-variety that’s-why-I-don’t-trust-anyone creep-a-zoid, which says everything about his ability to play this role!
Other cast include: James Lowe as Simon Fellowes, Kenneth Cranham as Cameron Fischer, Doug Allen as Ryan, Jemma Powell as Elizabeth, Julia Stiles as Joanna Reece, Pinar Ogun as Ilkay Erdogan, and Hasancan Cifci as Emir Erdogan.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give CLOSED CIRCUIT three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a political thriller that needs to be paid attention to as the film progresses. There are scenes that are easily mistaken until the story unravels itself. The twists and turns are well done and the cast plays it to the hilt.
If you are unaware of the inner workings of the British legal system this film gives you a crash course. The story line works and the filming is done beautifully. I was a little worried this would be another TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY which I had to watch four times to understand. CLOSED CIRCUIT lets the viewer soak everything in, gets you comfortable and then really lets you have it!
This is also a nice way to open dialogue after the film about how much of our world is wrapped in technology. Can’t swing a ball of string without hitting technology that can track, follow, get a picture or locate your exact location at any given time. Something to think about to be sure.
In the end – they see your every move.
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