Closed Circuit Monday, 16 September 2019

Closed Circuit

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Keep your eyes on this one.

  • Starring:

    Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, Julia Stiles, Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Jemma Powell, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Denis Moschitto, Hasancan Cifci, Anne-Marie Duff, Angus Wright, Kenneth Cranham

  • Directed by:

    John Crowley

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Explosion in crowded public place (120 killed, no bodies seen). People are attacked, grabbed, glassed, bitten, hit with objects, garrotted, pursued. Hit and run vehicle collision, intruder. Police raid. Suicide mentioned. USAF bombing, murdered journalist mentioned (newspaper reports). Arguing. Blood/gore: Hanging corpse. Man in neck brace. Blood on face, clothing. Bruising.


    Kissing. Affair mentioned. Woman in shower, woman wearing a towel (no nudity seen).


    Heroin possession, conviction, use, dealing mentioned. A man takes prescription pills. Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne). Smoking (cigar, cigarettes).


    F-words, slang for genitalia. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamation. Racial, cultural, gender, national stereotypes.


    Closed circuit television, terrorist attacks, lawyers, special advocacy, national security, investigation, evidence, tip-offs, conflict of interest, MI5, rowing, family, the Old Bailey, journalism, conspiracy, paranoia, death in custody.


    Estranged wife, son. Divorce, bitter custody battle mentioned. Memorial wall seen. Funeral, church, prison, hospital settings. Helicopter, pigeons, ducks, horses. Vomit. Some Turkish (translated).


    Intelligent, well-acted, well-told, gripping, engaging, tense, captivating, unnerving, slick, slow-burning, moody, twisting, relevant, enjoyable, quiet, subdued. Good performances, skillful editing, ominous mood, cool palette, crack cast, credible script.


    Muddled, dialogue-heavy, lifeless, predictable, perfunctory, dreary, derivative. Numerous plot holes, drab title, unimaginative staging, untidy script, pedestrian direction, lacks consequence, infuriating screenwriting cheats, strains credulity, lacks chemistry between leads.

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