Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review of Closed Circuit


In the international suspense thriller Closed Circuit, a high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly unites two former lovers on the defense team. This assignment tests the limits of their loyalties and places their lives in jeopardy. The movie begins with an explosion in a busy London market. In the manhunt that follows, only one member of the suspected terrorist cell survives, Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto), and is arrested and jailed. Preparations begin for what promises to be the trial of the century. However, here is a big problem. The government plans to use classified evidence to prosecute Erdogan. The evidence is so secret that neither he nor his lawyers can be allowed to see it. Because of this situation the Attorney General (Jim Broadbent) appoints a Special Advocate, a government-approved defense lawyer Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall), who is clearance to see classified evidence and who can argue for its full disclosure when the trial moves to "closed" session. The rules for the Special Advocate are clear. Once the secret evidence is presented to her, Claudia will not be allowed to communicate with the defendant or with other members of the defense team. But on the eve of the case going to trial, Erdogan's lawyer dies suddenly, and a new defense attorney, Martin Rose (Eric Bana), is appointed. Martin is tenacious, driven, and brilliant. Unfortunately, Martin and Claudia once had a relationship and this violates the rules. The two lawyers make an uncomfortable pact to keep their former affair hidden. As Martin begins to piece the case together, a sinister conspiracy emerges that draws the two attorneys into a dangerous alliance.

The movie never fulfills its promise. The government's actions in covering up their mistake becomes obvious and the story develops into a stereotype of two people fighting the system. We quickly discover the problem and the solution becomes obvious - death for the spy who knows too much and compromise for the attorneys in the case. The chemistry is lacking between the former lovers and they seem more like former friends who became rivals. There are some interesting although predictable plot turns - the death of American journalist and betrayal of colleague. The best part of the movie is government's key witness. However, his motivation for testifying is not explored.

We rate Closed Circuit

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