Closed Circuit is a movie that feels quite boring at the time, and which raises itself to slightly acceptable sometime after viewing. It feels very much like a movie that could easily have come out 4-5 years ago, but which at this stage has missed the cultural zeitgeist a bit; leaving it somewhat played out. If that’s the sort of movie you’re looking for, you’re in for a treat, but for the rest of us, Close Circuit doesn’t really offer much.
One day, a terrorist bombing in London occurs, seemingly masterminded by generically terroristically named person Farroukh Erdogan. This may be some comment on the nature of profiling in today’s society, but as the saying goes, it doesn’t matter if you’re doing something offensive ironically, at the end of the day you’re still being offensive. Regardless, the case quickly seems to become more than what it seems, and the two defense lawyers assigned to him (played by Bana and Hall) soon find themselves caught up in a web of deceit and terror, and so on. As one does.
Okay, so I’m going to give a minor spoiler away here, so if you really care, look away until the end. I have the utmost respect for Ciaran Hinds, and he’s one of my favorite actors of the moment, but anyone who thought that they could hide the fact that he was secretly a minor villain in this movie is mad. Something about the guy just oozes that sophisticated evil Brit force we love so much, and he could have been so much better used if that was embraced rather than sprung on us like the obvious twist that it was.
Aside from this, Closed Circuit plays out rather generically, up until the end, which at least is somewhat original in that it doesn’t force a happy ending, nor does it act depressively dark and nihilistic like other movies do when they try too hard. Rather, it just is a fairly realistic conclusion to what I suppose is a not too outlandish spy caper. Closed Circuit offers a little bit in terms of its star cast, but as the DVD box says, it was produced by one of the people who worked on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and if you want a British Spy movie, why don’t you just watch that?