Director: John Crowley
Starring: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall
Closed Circuit is a British political thriller which explores conspiracy, terrorism and privacy starring Eric Bana as defence attorney Martin Rose and Rebecca Hall as special advocate Claudia Simmons.
When a bomb explodes in a busy London market place killing and injuring many innocent bystanders, a member of the terrorist group who is accused of masterminding the attack is arrested and imprisoned. Rose and Hall who have a past together, are assigned to this case and must work together to defend their client. Along the way they encounter many dangers but will stop at nothing to discover the truth.
It was impossible to be absorbed by this very dull and boring film which ultimately was a vast disappointment. Bana's performance was wooden, probably the worst of his career to date. It was perplexing trying to shuffle through the maze-like complexities of the plot twists and frustration escalated trying to keep up with who was chasing who and why. The clunky dialogue didn't help, especially in Bana's robotic style of deliver.
On a positive note Hall's performance was respectable and the atmospheric musical score successfully enhanced the darkness and intrigue of the story. Movie goers who enjoy watching movies with confusing storylines and who also find it a challenge being 5 steps behind what's actually happening on screen should find this feature a challenge.
Judging by Closed Circuit's lackluster performance at the all important US Box Office (receipts of a meager US$5 million), movie goers wisely steered away from this political offering, alternately spending their hard earned money on more main stream features. JAKE