Closed Circuit (2013 film)

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Closed Circuit
Closed Circuit film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Crowley
Produced by Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Chris Clark
Written by Steven Knight
Starring Eric Bana
Rebecca Hall
Riz Ahmed
Ciarán Hinds
Jim Broadbent
Music by Joby Talbot
Cinematography Adriano Goldman
Edited by Lucia Zucchetti
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures (UK)
Focus Features (US)
Release date
  • August 28, 2013 (2013-08-28) (US)
  • November 1, 2013 (2013-11-01) (UK)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Box office $6.3 million[2][3]

Closed Circuit is a 2013 British-American political thriller drama film directed by John Crowley and written by Steven Knight, released on August 28, 2013.[4] The film stars Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds, Jim Broadbent, and Riz Ahmed.

Plot[edit]

A bomb planted in a lorry detonates in London's Borough Market killing 120 people. The London police receive an anonymous tip and arrest Farroukh Erdogan, a Turkish immigrant, as the terror cell leader and mastermind of the attack. Two other members of the cell die in the bombing and the fourth is killed by police in a shoot-out during the raid to apprehend him. When Erdogan's Defense Barrister commits suicide, Martin Rose is appointed by the Attorney General to replace him, joining Special Advocate Claudia Simmons-Howe. Due to national security concerns, Erdogan's case follows closed material procedures; Claudia represents Erdogan during closed sessions with a judge ruling what evidence is permissible for Martin to use in the open public trial. MI5 Agent Nazrul Sharma is assigned to provide Claudia with the closed material and monitor her activities.

Martin discovers that despite his extensive criminal record, Erdogan was somehow quickly approved for immigration from his previous residence in Germany to England and within six months was living well beyond his income. He finds proof that Farroukh Erdogan is really Mussi Kartal, a member of a terror cell responsible for bombing a U.S. Air Force base in Munich a few years prior. Kartal cut a deal with prosecutors to avoid prison, agreeing to work as an informant for MI5 by infiltrating the London terror cell and providing MI5 with information to make arrests. Martin suspects that after the Borough Market bombing, MI5 feared their botched operation would be publicly blamed as directly financing terrorism and sought to have Kartal take the fall and suppress any evidence of MI5 involvement.

In the first closed court session, MI5 Agent Melissa Fairbright reveals that Kartal's son Amir had hacked into his father's laptop and had provided valuable information to MI5. The judge orders Amir's testimony in court, deeming it relevant to the case. Amir, who is being monitored by MI5 agents at a safe house with his mother, manages to escape to his aunt's home. He meets with Martin and Claudia, giving them a flash drive detailing his father's involvement with the MI5 terror cell operation. Martin and Claudia realize MI5 will kill Amir to protect themselves and go on the run with him overnight, planning to have him testify in court the next day. Amir testifies in closed session, but Kartal is later murdered in prison and made to look like a suicide by hanging. With Kartal dead, the case collapses and all evidence of the MI5 operation is suppressed from public disclosure. Amir and his mother, however, are allowed to remain in England.

Three months later, as Martin and Claudia rekindle their romance that resulted in Martin's divorce from his wife, information of MI5's involvement in the Borough Market bombing is anonymously leaked to the media.

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Reception[edit]

Closed Circuit has received mixed reviews from critics; it currently holds a 42% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 128 reviews, with the critical consensus saying "Slick and well acted, Closed Circuit unfortunately never quite works up a full head of steam, with a plot that's alternately predictable and full of holes."[6] On another film aggregator, Metacritic, the film has a score of 50 (out of 100), based on 39 critics.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CLOSED CIRCUIT (15)". British Board of Film Classification. September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Closed Circuit (2013)". Box Office Mojo. September 19, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Closed Circuit – International". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "'Closed Circuit' Set For August 2013". darkhorizons.com. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Closed Circuit Showtimes, Info, Trailers, and Photos - Atlanta Calendar: Events, Festivals, Concerts". Events.accessatlanta.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Closed Circuit (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Closed Circuit". Metacritic. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 

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