OUTTAKES REPORT CARD
MOVIE: CLOSED CIRCUIT
The British seem to be beating us at every celluloid turn towards summer’s end. First they release the best comedy of the year with “The World’s End”, now they’ve put out a thriller that tops everything but “Trance”. “Closed Circuit” works because it tells a tale of a corrupt section of government without blaming the entire country for the ills of the world, as most American thrillers do, putting agenda before cohesive plotpoints. Plus, this film has killer cinematography.
A terrible explosion takes over 120 lives. A truck, loaded with explosives, detonates in a crowded London market. The culprits are Muslim and the British outrage is immense. Martin Rose and Claudia Simmons-Howe are court appointed barristers, set to defend the only remaining member of the jihadist cell. The relatively simple case becomes webbed when Martin and Claudia’s former tryst, and MI-5’s involvement in the affair are tossed into the mix. Stephen Knight pens a clever, and realistic espionage/courtroom thriller.
Eric Bana stars as Martin, and Rebecca Hall is Claudia. The two are in top form, but the supporting actors steal the show, especially Jim Broadbent as the Attorney General and Riz Ahmed as Nazrul Sharma. Cirian Hinds and Julia Styles also appear.
There is a smart frame in frame shot; a nifty sequence of combination pan and zooms in the church,; use of off-framing; and overlapping dissolves, all in the film’s first reel. This goes to say the cinematography by Adriano Goldman, is exceptional. This is one film were the technical visuals should be listed with the stars - they add that much to the movie.
KEY SCENES TO LOOK FOR:
- THE TAXI RIDE & HOSPITAL VISIT
- MARTIN’S INTERROGATION
While Britain certainly has its share of Looney Liberals, this film presents their social comments without downgrading the entire nation. It’s a botched covert operation that gums up the works and not an overwhelming desire by the writers to degrade the entire country. This tale is also more realistic. There are no super hero agents who triumph over evil. The concluding reel brings the story to an end, but more in vein with reality. It’s a decent thriller; one for an excellent date night, complete with dinner and a fine wine.
FINAL GRADE: B