Closed Circuit (2013)



Critic Consensus: Slick and well acted, Closed Circuit unfortunately never quite works up a full head of steam, with a plot that's alternately predictable and full of holes.

Movie Info

In the international suspense thriller "Closed Circuit," 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. One morning, a busy London market is decimated by an explosion. In the manhunt that follows, only one member of the suspected terrorist cell survives: Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto), who is arrested and jailed. Preparations begin for what promises to be the trial of the … More

Rating: R (for language and brief violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Knight
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 7, 2014
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as Martin Rose

as Claudia Simmons-Howe

as Nazrul Sharma

as Cameron Fischer

as Joanna Reece

as Attorney General

as Farroukh Erdogan

as Mother

as Pregnant Daughter

as Young Man on Cellpho...

as Fish Trader

as Drinks Trader

as Mother of Toddler

as Teenage Girl

as Woman on Cellphone

as Angry Trader

as Ilkay Erdogan

as Emir Erdogan

as News Reporter 1

as Simon Fellowes

as Elizabeth

as Belmarsh Guard

as Chinese Waiter

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as MI5 Agent

as MI5 Jogger

as Football Steward

as Andrew Altman

as News Reporter 2

as Court Clerk

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Critic Reviews for Closed Circuit

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (31)

The film's attempts to expose flaws in the criminal justice system or give insights into the war against terror seem superficial, but Closed Circuit is entertaining in a sub-Hitchcock way.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014

I think this moves at a rapid pace. I think it has got really good performances.

Full Review… | February 18, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

This is a genre I usually enjoy and while CLOSED CIRCUIT has some shortcomings it's a thought-provoking thriller.

Full Review… | February 18, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

Layered with strongly crafted characters, and snaking thriller plot, the results are compelling, thought provoking, and highly entertaining.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
FILMINK (Australia)

A story that hinges on a point of legalese is every bit as dreary as it sounds.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Daily Record [UK]

The real star of the film is the camera, forever peering at the actors from across streets, around corners, behind windows, and through gates.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Closed Circuit

They see your every move.

Good Film! Closed Circuit is a good, although unexceptional, suspense movie. The movie has a strong start but a weak finale, and somewhere in the middle looses stream and starts plodding along to its inevitable conclusion. The story itself tests the limits of plausibility and features principal characters who have little warmth and fail to generate much empathy. The question of government duplicity is treated in an unimaginative manner and fails to generate any sense of concern or outrage. Yet the movie does entertain by generating a certain level of tension, albeit watered down. The question of cover up sustains the story and adds an element of tension. Yet there are no heroes which makes the ending anticlimactic. That certain scenes are set at a football game is unoriginal. Further, the alleged victim of a miscarriage of justice is hardly worthy of empathy and the same goes for his family, especially the fourteen year old son who belongs in juvenile detention. The acting is cheesy, the cinematography unspectacular, the story twists and turns predictable and the movie theme muddled. Yet, this movie should be watched because it dramatizes what happens when the truth is suppressed and transparency is discarded in favor of secrecy.

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.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Though the cast alone seems to promise much, little is actually delivered here. Government conspiracy seems to be the villain but hardly ever shows its face - everyone is constantly looking around as if they are being watched or listened to but nobody but nobody is ever there and the characters we are supposed to care about are given zip insofar as reason to care goes. The result is a dull film (excepting for the person of Jim Broadbent - who alone rises above this snorefest). Didn't get any sleep recently? This is just the cure. Nighty-night.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Joanna: Defense lawyers who ask the wrong sorts of questions...they're expendable.

I have to wonder sometimes how much time and consideration is put into the little details, before sending off the finished product and then being tackled by criticisms. Closed Circuit has plenty going for it at first glance. The film features a top notch cast, who are all putting forth reasonably good work as the characters they play. The premise is that of an interesting legal drama, set within the British justice system, which is not something American audiences see that much of in a wide release film. The problem revolves around the little details. The plot is entirely predictable, once the pieces are set in place, and little holes begin to emerge as the film carries on. Being a taut legal thriller and having good intentions is great, but adding up to something solid takes more than just having the big sections covered.

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Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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