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Closed Circuit (2013)

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A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team - testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.

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Steve North ...
Angry Trader (as Stephen North)
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Ilkay Erdogan
Hasancan Cifci ...
Emir Erdogan
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James Lowe ...
Simon Fellowes
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A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team - testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.

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They see your every move


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Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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28 August 2013 (USA)  »

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Circuito Fechado  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,116,885 (USA) (1 September 2013)

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$5,733,310 (USA) (22 September 2013)
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Ciarian Hinds played in 2005's "Munich" with Eric Bana. See more »

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Claudia's pants change from blue jeans to black leggings in the final sequence from when she meets Martin on the dock, to when they are walking to the restaurant. See more »

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[first lines]
Mother: [walking in a busy market square] You really will have to rethink your lifestyle, you know?
Pregnant Daughter: What lifestyle are you taking about, mum?
Mother: Wine only on Fridays. And try to think about dark green vegetables.
Young Man on Cellphone: [appearing another video monitor] So really, that's the same as saying we'll never see each other again. Well it is. It just is.
Woman on Cellphone: [on another monitor] How can I do anything if I don't know what you want?
Teenage Girl: [in the background] She was so upset about it, and I said to her, "Look," I said, "...
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Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.127 (2013) See more »

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Double Barrel
(Dave Barker, Ansell Collins & Winston Riley)
Performed by Dave & Ansell Collins
Courtesy of Trojan Records/Sanctuary Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd. and Westbury Music Ltd. o/b/o Techniques Records
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Disappointing, but it will always have London.
28 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few." John Updike

Thrillers involving international heavy weights like the super British spy agency, MI5, are durable, reeking of intrigue and inscrutability. Such is the case of Closed Circuit with its terrorism incident killing scores of civilians and a subsequent trial at Old Bailey, where Martin Rose (Eric Bana) has been appointed defense counsel for accused spy, Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). Many questions are unanswered before the trial, not the least of the answers sealed in documentation not even the accused may see.

The plot has intelligent qualities; the execution not so. Martin's colleague, Claudia (Rebecca Hall), is a special advocate for the defense—only she may see the secret information. Unfortunately they had an affair, a fact that may compromise their case. One of the main players in the investigation is a young boy, a plot turn with possibilities but never fully exploited.

And so it goes, nothing really new after that. Some good guys turn out to be bad, MI5 is not transparent, and the accused is not who we thought he was. The closed circuit motif, introduced at the titles and interspersed throughout, is not as important as the title and occasional shots would suggest. Except for the shots of London around the Eye, nothing seems to be worth spending millions on the film for.

After the secrets have been revealed and the plot twist dutifully rendered, you may leave the theater feeling you missed something. You didn't. It's all a part of the requirements of the genre, perhaps a comforting feeling that you knew it all along. As for me, I missed what it could have been in my favorite city in the world.


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