Remember “Enemy of the State” with Will Smith? Imagine what it would be like without action scenes and that pretty much sums up “Closed Circuit.”
Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star as British attorneys assigned to defend a suspect accused of blowing up a busy London marketplace. Part of the trial will be public, but most of it will be closed to the press and public scrutiny because secret evidence will be used. Soon, the attorneys realize their own lives are in danger because the British government may be involved with the suspect in some capacity.
Except for a few choice bits of language, this film could easily be a TV movie. The first half-hour or so is a procedural with all the glitz and glamour of an episode of “Dragnet.” For a movie about terrorism and the way government spies on its citizens, “Closed Circuit” is surprisingly yawnsville. No suspense. No sense of dread. No action. No humor. It makes “Enemy of the State” look Oscar-worthy in comparison.
And, even stranger: Despite showing the feeds from dozens and dozens of closed circuit cameras, the film never really ties them in with what’s going on with the story. It’s almost as if the idea of “closed circuit camera feeds as a menace” was added afterwards as a marketing hook. No, you could find a better way to spend your time at the movies. Grade: C-