Starring: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Julia Stiles, Ann-Marie Duff, Jim Broadbent

Directed by: John Crowley

Synopsis: 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.

Closed Circuit is a film that could be shown to all wannabe screenwriters as an example how not to write dialogue. There were some talented actors in this who just came across as wooden due to the average dialogue. Or maybe it was the fault of the director and editor! I don’t know. Either way, Closed Circuit was pretty darn ordinary.

Another conundrum brought up by this movie was the question of employing an actor who doesn’t hail from the country his or her character is from. I mean, sure, sometimes it works to great effect (Hugh Laurie a prime example) but in this instance it seemed the usually dependable Eric Bana was so focused on trying to sound like a toff nosed English gent that he forgot to act for most of the film.

I have the feeling the makers of the film wanted it to be a tense, taught and paranoid experience for its characters and the viewers, but it just fell flat mostly. The ending was the best bit, although it was hardly revelatory. In fact, I would have been surprised if it hadn’t turned out like it did, governments what they are and all that! I won’t ruin it for you anyway.

One plus point was that Bana and Hall didn’t ‘fall in love’ all over again just to add a little bit of Hollywood to proceedings. That would have tipped me over the edge I think.

If you fancy a ninety minute distraction with the odd, easily readable twist then you might find something to enjoy in this, otherwise do yourself a favour and skip it.

1.5 clappers

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  1. Cool new rating system, so now it’s from 1-5?

  2. Good review Thomas. It didn’t quite jump-off the ground. Instead, it just sort of lingered around, didn’t introduce much tension, and sort of went down with a whimper. Wasn’t boring or bad, it just wasn’t anything special that people need to definitely see.

  3. Glad I skipped this one. A buddy wanted to see it a while back, and I declined. Wasn’t reviewing films at the time, and the way I see it now, is if a movie is bad, I get to write a fun review on it. Those days, I just would have went home unhappy.

    Love your new rating style!

    • You didn’t miss anything dude, it was pretty lame. Eric Bana is usually pretty reliable, but it just seemed he was trying so hard to sound English that he forgot to act at the same time! It just left me wondering why they didn’t just employ an English actor instead!

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