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 terror trial will be public, but most of it is closed to the press and public scrutiny because secret evidence is used. Soon, the attorneys learn their lives are in danger because the British government is 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 to the story afterwards as a marketing hook. No, you could find a better way to spend your time. Grade: C-
Street Date: January 7, 2014
Format: Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, DVD only version.
Runtime: 96 minutes
Rated: “R” for language and brief violence
Released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment