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Review: Closed Circuit

Updated: Thursday, August 29 2013, 08:16 AM CDT

Grade: C 

By Ken The Critic, @kenthecritic

From the producers of Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy comes Closed Circuit, another espionage thriller, yet this one isn't as interesting. The script is intelligent, yet there's nothing here that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

In Closed Circuit, there is a terrorist attack on a busy market area in London. Martin Rose (Eric Bana) is the lawyer that is brought in to defend the suspect. His sidekick lawyer helping in the investigation is Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall), who is his secret former lover, which is against company policy. As they investigate, they unfold that their every move is being watched and recorded. Furthermore, they discover that their client isn't the person who is behind the attack in the first place.

The story is thought-provoking and fresh, yet there's not a lot of energy. It's intricate while not being anything complicated to understand. There's a smart twist at the end, but not enough to be something memorable. If one of your favorite film genres is a spy thriller, then you should enjoy this film for the most part. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall's talent was satisfying here, but the script was too dull.

To watch the trailer:


Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale


A Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now


B Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before its out of the theaters; the story may drag in places


C Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it


D Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.


F Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever


Review: Closed Circuit

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