Film Review: Closed Circuit

I watched this film a little while ago and I'm still thinking about it.

It is a political thriller, set in London, after a bombing of the Borough Markets. With a suspect - Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto) in custody, all that remains is a trial and therein lies the rub.

Because of national security and risks that an open trial might incur, a closed session is planned and in an opening scene, the Attorney General (portrayed by Jim Broadbent) whole heartedly defends this decision in a radio interview.

Kenneth Cranham is Cameron Fischer, a head in the English law courts.

Martin Rose (portrayed by Eric Bana, complete with English accent) enters as a defence barrister and Claudia Simmons-Howe, (Rebecca Hall) as the special advocate. Neither are that keen on working together but I won't say why.

Devlin (Ciaran Hinds) comes in to work with both of them, not an enviable position but his character does keeps up the levity with some well written lines that may not provoke a full on laugh, but does keep the storyline moving, while it gets to the heart of the film and the real conflict at play.

Nazrul Sharma (Riz Ahmed) is there to tell Claudia the protocol for such a case, he presents himself as working for the Home Office, but that line doesn't hold up to much scrutiny by Claudia. Similarly, Melissa (Anne-Marie Duff) says she works in the Department of Transport.

Julia Stiles portrays a journalist Joanna Reece. All round, it is a pretty solid cast and helps make the story believable, and it is a good story, that keeps you glued to the end credits.

Think the mini-series State of Play in terms of quality.


  1. This quote comes from another quality thriller. I'm generally not a fan of either Nicole Kidman or Sean Penn, but this film I was okay with both.

    Silvia Broome: What do you do when you can't sleep?
    Tobin Keller: I stay awake


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