Film Review: Closed Circuit

There isn’t enough depth in Closed Circuit to fulfil its ambitions, but it's worth a watch for its strong cast and some visual flourishes.

The director John Crowley on the set of Closed Circuit. Jay Maidment / Focus Features / AP Photo
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Closed Circuit

Director: John Crowley

Starring: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent

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While Crowley’s film has lofty ambitions – and issues that affect many of the people who will be watching – the execution leaves something to be desired. The impressive cast wanders through a story that takes some rather predictable turns, and in the end feels like a pale imitation of a lot of thrillers of this type. In attempting to make the film about more than the procedures of two legal hearings, it takes some rather unbelievable turns, particularly in the final act, before losing you completely. There isn’t enough depth in Closed Circuit to fulfil its ambitions, but it’s worth a watch for its strong cast and some visual flourishes.