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Reviews: Closed Circuit (2013)

closed_circuitReviews for this film from our members:

  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Overseeing the taut script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises), Crowley and cinematographer Adriano Goldman (Jane Eyre; The Company You Keep) produce one of the year’s more cleanly shot stories, elevating a thriller to art film status.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I still enjoyed the set-up enough to enjoy the film well enough to carry me through the muddled conclusion.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This British political thriller makes a strong statement about personal freedoms in the post 9/11 age, but as written by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”) and directed by John Crowley (“Intermission,” “Boy A”), the twists are all too discernible, characters not fully realized and the ending apparently truncated.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …despite the best efforts of Bana and Hall, two underrated and likable leads, the protagonists are blanks…
  • Sam Fragoso @ SF Bay
    • Excerpt: Here’s a taut and terse thriller made by adults, for adults, serving as a reminder that films with searing social and political commentary can still be made and distributed in multiplexes.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Subdued yet suspenseful, it’s a timely conspiracy thriller.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are as engaging as ever, and the film raises intriguing issues concerning the “War on Terror”; pity the plot descends into the ridiculous.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Solid performances and a muddled story make Closed Circuit a political, but not very thrilling, political thriller.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 5/23/14] | Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Shocking recent corruption in Poland makes for a tense political thriller
  • Piers Marchant @ Blood Dirt & Angels
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: The Boring Identity
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies
    • Excerpt: Although it is a handsome international production that plays into today’s chaotic world of scrutinized governmental watchdogs and terrorist organizations, Closed Circuit is informational but never elevates the ante about the genre of conspiracy theory thrillers that we have witnessed numerous times before.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Gaping plot holes don’t prevent this nearly current espionage thriller from grabbing its audience and keeping them hooked all the way to its socially volatile ending.
  • Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film
    • Excerpt: Plot black holes quickly emerge and start to suck all believability out of the film.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 9:05 am

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