Closed Circuit review

This contemporary British thriller begins with a bang. A bomb detonates at London's Borough Market maiming and killing many innocents. Who planted it? The evidence points to the head of a terrorist cell who is swiftly locked up. His defence counsel has committed suicide so a new one (Bana) is appointed. Bana's character has not banked on there also being a Special Advocate for the defence though, who coincidentally is also his ex lover (Hall). They are forbidden from having any contact with each other once the case begins however, such is the sensitivity of State secrets, but slowly uncover dark forces at work intent of scuppering their chances of seeking out the truth.

Needless to say Bana and Hall do indeed need to see each other, if only to impart more information in clandestine ways, and both players are more than able at suggesting the escalating desperation they face in rooting out their detractors. Bana sports a capable English accent and Hall is stoically determined. They know that aren't acting Ibsen here and calibrate their performances to the thriller format with ease as they rush about the capital's hotspots.

It's intriguing and watchable – if you don't go into it too deeply. The dialogue isn't as sharp perhaps as it should be but it bubbles along nicely, the plot unfolding in tightly paced fashion. No great shakes overall, but solidly done and confidently engaging for all lovers of spy dramas.

Closed Circuit at IMDb

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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