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Bettie's Box Office: Closed Circuit Review

Updated: Friday, August 30 2013, 10:08 AM CDT

Chances are, Closed Circuit isn't on your movie-going radar, but it probably should be.


Closed Circuit is a British legal thriller set in London. When a bomb goes off in a crowded shopping center, it turns out everyone has secrets: the government, the terrorist, and the two barristers (lawyers) assigned to defend him.


Martin Rose (Eric Bana) is the accused's public defender and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) is the defender in closed court dealing with national security classified information. By law, Rose and Simmons-Howe are not supposed to have any contact, but they find that they can only count on each other as the events surrounding the trial spiral out of control.


This is a smart movie in the same vein (but, not as good) as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Aside from the big bang at the beginning, the tension builds entirely through plot and characters. It's a nice change of pace from all of the gunfire and special effects of this summer's action movies.


Bana and Hall are strong as the legal duo with their own personal history, but there are also some strong performances by British actors whose faces you'll recognize (if not their names).


Given the real-world headlines in the news right now, Closed Circuit feels relevant. Using the Bettie's Box Office rating system this suspense thriller is definitely worth a matinee ticket price.


Closed Circuit opens August 28 and is Rated R for language and brief violence.


 

Bettie's Box Office: Closed Circuit Review


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