Man..this is a hard movie to review, not because its bad, it just fails to leave an impression.
Im not sure why this is, the movie is fairly well written it brings some new ideas and it just overall does a good job, Closed Circuit stars Eric Bana one of the nazgul of boring actors in that he has two or three expressions for the hole movie and feels like a manequin next to Rebecca hall who gives a pretty damn good emotional performance in a movie that gets nothing emotional out of me, Directed by Jon Crowley whos imdb known for section is all the movies he has done so far and its somewhat noticable here.
The plot revolves around a case of the crown vs (insert terrorist name here) the movie starts with a very well done scene of security camera footage it’s several views of the same place contained in one screen I found this to be a interesting effect and it was a great way to portray a terrorist attack, this is the most interesting thing this movie has to offer and I really like it the security cam footage shown in this style help to set the mood the seeing and sometimes even aid the sense of paranoia this movie tries to push, so the terrorist that dint blow himself up is captured and a trial process beings to determine his innocence, we get introduced to our protagonist when the defense lawyer allegedly kills himself, our protagonist is set to replace him and this forces him to work alongside his former lover, this could have made for interesting character bits but is completely uninteresting, what is interesting is Jim Broadbent, he is always awesome and he helped raise this movie up every time he was on screen, upon further investigation our divorced protagonist takes a boat ride with a son that we never meet and then he talks to a wife we never see and goes to a dinner with people that we known nothing about…yeah this movie had some issues, he learns that the previous lawyer might have been onto something and through a series of pretty well thought up investigative assessments we learn that the government or more specifically the MI5 agency is surveilling their every move and preventing them from unveiling the mystery.
So yeah the story is hardly interesting, it’s a good mystery with interesting twists but its poorly presented a interesting mystery comes from being presented all the clues as the main character and being genially bewildered by it, a good mystery should cause obsession in a man drive him insane with wanting to known the answer, Eric Bana figures out the answer almost immediately so we are just trying to watch him try to be able to get this information public without having Johnny English come to assassinate them, I’m not a fan of big brother is watching you type of movies, I’m really not i live in Portugal okay the government cant even watch itself much less all of us, and I’m not worried by it nor does it scare me to always be watched, it just does nothing for me and for this reason maybe it failed on me more than it would on anyone else, the movie trough some good performances gets the human reaction right, the fear the paranoia the things they do to prevent being watched their conclusions it really does work and its by far the best part of the film, and this is just a minor nitpick as someone is not used to British lawyers, those wigs were ridiculous I mean damn, I’m not sure if its standard procedure maybe it is and I’m not mocking it as a practice but in the movie every time we saw the two protagonists with those wigs on it was impossible not to snicker at it, I guess I’m just that immature to find that hilarious.
Okay okay…what else about the movie… I liked the ending, I did it felt like it wasn’t as simple has good guys win it was more bittersweet and it kind of works as we get a cool threat scene with Jim Broadbent, and yeah thats really it, I wont really spoil the movie for people interested in it, it just failed to impress me at all, it wasn’t particularly boring and it wasn’t particularly good,it was a movie that I probably wouldn’t even know of its existence if it wasn’t for my position here,and this is the writer of hummingbird,Dirty Pretty Things and David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, this is not a guy who is shy to say something or that doesn’t tackle interesting parts like human trafficking prostitution so I am sort of surprised that he wasn’t able to interest and invest like Hummingbird did, at the end of the day theres really no reason to watch this, really not so yeah, there are a thousand better things to watch right now, my personal advice is to skip this one though, people who feel interested in this big brother concept and in all terms this reality we live in they might find this one to be more interesting than i did but for now… I’m going to go watch something interesting.
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