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Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit

Director: John Crowley,

Cast: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds


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Boy A director John Crowley teams with Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight for this topical thriller starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star as two former lovers who encounter danger when they are both assigned to the same defense team in a


Boy A director John Crowley teams with Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight for this topical thriller starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star as two former lovers who encounter danger when they are both assigned to the same defense team in a high-profile terrorism trial. It was a typical morning in London when a powerful bomb exploded in the heart of the city. After the smoke cleared, sole surviving terrorist cell member Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto) was quickly taken into custody. As preparations for his trial begin, however, the government's plan to use classified evidence to prosecute the suspect leads the Attorney General (Jim Broadbent) to appoint Special Advocate Claudia Simmons-Howe (Hall) to the case. Claudia's unique position as a government-approved defense lawyer ensures that she can review the top-secret evidence, and advocate for full disclosure during the inevitable "closed" session portion of the trial. Once Claudia has reviewed the evidence, however, any communication with the defense team and the defendant himself is strictly forbidden. Later, When Erdogan's lawyer dies just before the trial begins, Claudia's driven ex-lover, attorney Martin Rose (Bana), takes his place. Realizing that their previous affair could jeopardize their involvement with the case, Claudia and Martin vow to keep the relationship a well-guarded secret. In time, however, Martin's exhaustive investigation reveals evidence of a shocking conspiracy that threatens to consume them both. Ciarán Hinds and Julia Stiles also star.

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A thoroughly watchable film for fans of British political thrillers, Closed Circuit is tense and fun, even if it's not a work of genius. The movie is well cast, well acted, and competently directed, which is more than you can say for a lot of ultimately forgettable spy flicks. The only problem is that it doesn't seem to have its footing in a particularly brilliant script -- an unfair criticism, perhaps, but for a screenplay by the writer of a masterpiece like Eastern Promises, it's one that a fan of the genre can't help leveling. The story concerns a suicide bombing in a crowded London market, which ultimately kills more than 100 people. When it comes time to prosecute the alleged mastermind of the plot, the English judicial system dictates that the defendant, a Turkish man named Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto), will be appointed two lawyers: a defense attorney, Martin Rose (Eric Bana), and a special advocate, Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall). The reason for the special advocate is that the state has evidence that, for the sake of national security, it feels should remain secret -- from the public, as well as from Erdogan and Rose. But, of course, prosecuting a man based on evidence he never gets to see sounds a lot like railroading, so Simmons-Howe gets to view the secret evidence separately, in closed session, and make a plea to the judge about whether it should be made public based on her own understanding of her client and the case. If this sounds a little shady, that's because it is -- or at least, that's how it's portrayed. In order to keep all of these state secrets as safe as possible, the special advocate and attorney aren't supposed to communicate with each other at all during the case. Which is fitting, because Rose and Simmons-Howe are former lovers. However, Rose soon divines that his case isn't so clear-cut, and that there are forces with a vested interest in the outcome who aren't concerned with the truth -- unless you count a willingness to maim, kill, and disgrace those who get too close to it. So a paranoid series of taught sequences ensue, with the leads buying and dumping disposable cell phones, handing each other hand-written messages in wiretapped rooms, and deciphering enigmatic clues whispered into tape recorders -- all while traveling through a modern urban world that both the protagonists and the audience are increasingly aware is under constant surveillance. By and large, the most important aspect of a thriller is pacing; it's hard to be thrilled if you're bored. And Closed Circuit has great pacing. In fact, if you're already a lover of MI5 cloak-and-dagger and courtroom thrillers, it would be silly not to recommend the film. But while the narrative itself is quite taut, the story here is not exactly tightly woven -- which is to say, there are a number of plot holes. Unwieldy backstory is packed into awkward exposition just a little too often not to be embarrassing (Don't be concerned about me, Mr. Attorney General, just because of my recent messy divorce and custody battle!). Upper-level conspirators accidentally give away their secret bad-guy allegiance with ridiculously clumsy conversation (How could he know that?! He must be working for them!). Our heroes, hunted by trained spies, somehow manage to successfully hide out in places that any pursuer would most definitely know to look for them (hey, the fact that Big Brother is watching is only implied in the very title of film). They're the kinds of flaws that some viewers might not notice, but for others, they all but completely ruin the movie.

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Performance Credits
Eric Bana Martin Rose
Rebecca Hall Claudia Simmons-Howe
Ciarán Hinds Devlin
Riz Ahmed Nazrul Sharma
Anne-Marie Duff Melissa
Kenneth Cranham Cameron Fischer
Julia Stiles Joanna Reece
Jim Broadbent Attorney General
Denis Moschitto Farroukh Erdogan
Kate Lock Mother
Katherine Press Pregnant Daughter
Patrick Warner Young Man on Cellphone
Ryon Nixon Fish Trader
Daniel Tuite Drinks Trader
Zora Bishop Mother of Toddler
Vicky Jam Teenage Girl
Zahra Ahmadi Woman on Cellphone
Steve North Angry Trader
Pinar Ogun Ilkay Erdogan
Hasancan Cifci Emir Erdogan
Andrew Havill News Reporter 1
James Lowe Simon Fellowes
John Humphrys Himself
David Sibley Vicar
Doug Allen Ryan
Jemma Powell Elizabeth
Isaac Hempstead-Wright Tom Rose
Luing Andrews Belmarsh Guard
Neil D'Souza Iqbal
Barbora Bobulova Piccola
Dexter Galang Chinese Waiter
Jonathan Chan-Pensley Chinese Chef
Matthew Cullum Safe House Security Man
Sam Woodward MI5 Agent
Ben Loyd-Holmes MI5 Jogger
Robert McCafferty Football Steward
Angus Wright Andrew Altman
Adjoa Andoh News Reporter 2
Adam Tedder Court Clerk
Munir Khairdin Indian Restaurant Manager
Huseyin Poyraz Older Turkish Restaurant Man
Hemi Yeroham Turkish Restaurant Man
Baris Celiloglu Mine Kemmal

Technical Credits
John Crowley Director
Mairi Bett Co-producer
Tim Bevan Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Chris Clark Producer
Jim Clay Production Designer
Eric Fellner Producer
Adriano Goldman Cinematographer
Amelia Granger Executive Producer
Matthew Gray Art Director
Tahira Herold Makeup
Stuart Howell Camera Operator
Steven Knight Screenwriter
Steve Knight Screenwriter
Barrie McCulloch Asst. Director
Tim Owen Executive Producer
Ian D. Struthers Camera Operator
Joby Talbot Score Composer
Natalie Ward Costumes/Costume Designer
Fiona Weir Casting
Lucia Zucchetti Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Closed Circuit
1. Chapter 1 [5:04]
2. Chapter 2 [5:25]
3. Chapter 3 [4:58]
4. Chapter 4 [6:08]
5. Chapter 5 [4:01]
6. Chapter 6 [4:42]
7. Chapter 7 [3:49]
8. Chapter 8 [6:04]
9. Chapter 9 [4:52]
10. Chapter 10 [1:06]
11. Chapter 11 [4:39]
12. Chapter 12 [3:51]
13. Chapter 13 [7:16]
14. Chapter 14 [3:40]
15. Chapter 15 [6:11]
16. Chapter 16 [4:26]
17. Chapter 17 [3:19]
18. Chapter 18 [2:49]
19. Chapter 19 [5:25]
20. Chapter 20 [3:54]
21. Chapter 21 [4:06]


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