Fizzling out of the box office, “Closed Circuit” attempts to satiate suspense lovers. For those that are looking for at least a little bit of thought to their films, “Closed Circuit” offers an intriguing political story, but the plot suffers from over-explanation of the trial process and too much attention on a relationship rather than thrills.
After a terrorist attack on a large market in London that led to over 100 deaths, Farrououkh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto) is accused of being the mastermind behind the events. Because the case has details dangerous to national security, Erdogan has two parts to his defense team: Martin Rose (Eric Bana) has replaced the former defense lawyer after his death and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) is Erdogan’s Special Advocate whom receives secret materials dangerous to the nation but might aid Erdogan’s defense. Claudia may not share this information with anyone, not even co-defense Martin Rose. However, Claudia and Martin have a romantic history which could jeopardize the case. They investigate separately but realize they are being watched, information is hidden from them by those in high positions, and even their client is hiding something. Oh, and Julia Stiles plays the token journalist that smells corruption.
Writer Steven Knight also created popular thrillers “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Eastern Promises.” He imagines dark, sinister worlds of betrayals and murder, but his endings don’t always live up to the adrenaline felt earlier. “Closed Circuit” envisions a dangerous, gritty government trying to hide its dirty secrets, but Jim Broadbent’s Attorney General and Anne-Marie Duff’s manipulative agent offer nothing new or even that understandable (but they both play evil pretty well) and the plot’s details don’t altogether make total sense. Rather than place the attention on whether or not the evil-doers will get what they deserve, the potential for Martin and Claudia to reconnect often drives the thriller off course. Their future trumps the dangerous, political game, leaving a lackluster ending that relies on a voice-over to inform the audience of whether or not justice prevails.
If you’re bummed that you missed the chance to see “Closed Circuit” in theaters since it’s barely playing anywhere now, don’t fret too much; many comparisons have been made to classic “Three Days of the Condor,” a far superior film that you should rent instead (or any of the suggested titles below).
Rating for “Closed Circuit:” C-
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“Closed Circuit” is currently only playing in two theaters in Columbus: AMC Lennox and Easton. For showtimes, click here.