Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Closed Circuit Review - 2 Stars

“Closed Circuit” starts strong.  A truck backs into a crowded London public market.  Security cameras record the scene as a bomb blasts the area in an explosion reminiscent of 9/11.  Six months later British barristers Eric Dana and Rebecca Hall accept a government appointment to defend the man accused of planning the event.  In the style of the many paranoid thrillers of the past, our two leads discover a cover up and their discovery puts their lives at risk.  The script also throws in a past affair and more than a few chance encounters with characters important to the film.   “Closed Circuit” arrives as many begin to worry privacy issues and the proliferation of cameras in our society.  The movie, however, never really matches the strong open.  In fact, it downgrades into clich├ęs that get sillier as the story plays.  The coming attraction for “Closed Circuit” really looked promising–a promise, I’m afraid, it doesn’t keep.  Does it deliver what it promises?  So So paranoid thriller.  Is it entertaining?  Goes from shocking to laughable.  Is it worth the price of admission?  A short-circuit.