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BOY A director John Crowley teams with DIRTY PRETTY THINGS screenwriter Steven Knight for this topical thriller starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star as two former lovers who encounter danger when they are both assigned to the same defense team in a high-profile terrorism trial. It was a typical morning in London when a powerful bomb exploded in the heart of the city. After the smoke cleared, sole surviving terrorist cell member Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto) was quickly taken into custody. As preparations for his trial begin, however, the government's plan to use classified evidence to prosecute the suspect leads the Attorney General (Jim Broadbent) to appoint Special Advocate Claudia Simmons-Howe (Hall) to the case. Claudia's unique position as a government-approved defense lawyer ensures that she can review the top-secret evidence, and advocate for full disclosure during the inevitable "closed" session portion of the trial. Once Claudia has reviewed the evidence, however, any communication with the defense team and the defendant himself is strictly forbidden. Later, When Erdogan's lawyer dies just before the trial begins, Claudia's driven ex-lover, attorney Martin Rose (Bana), takes his place. Realizing that their previous affair could jeopardize their involvement with the case, Claudia and Martin vow to keep the relationship a well-guarded secret. In time, however, Martin's exhaustive investigation reveals evidence of a shocking conspiracy that threatens to consume them both. Ciarn Hinds and Julia Stiles also star.
Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff
"A compelling, strongly performed political thriller set in contempo Poland."
"[A] crisply enjoyable, professionally executed paranoid thriller of the 'everyone is out to get us' variety."
Los Angeles Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n intelligent, well-told and deftly acted story..."
"This is a well-made, topical thriller with a top-notch cast..."
"CLOSED CIRCUIT has a fairly standard conspiracy plot that is just nimble enough to hook us; it walks the line between sinister and plausible." -- Grade: B
"[I]ts cynicism is bracing. The movie dares to go to a CHINATOWN-level of downbeat in its homestretch..." -- Grade: B
"[T]his slick, smarter-than-usual British courtroom thriller challenges the validity of policies that shield key evidence from public scrutiny..."
"The film is handsomely made, with a nice mix of settings..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts a slow-burning, well-acted thriller..."
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