Closed Circuit – film review

A thriller about a terrorist bombing in London featuring a cast of familiar British Isles faces

Closed Circuit is written by Steven Knight, scenarist of Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises. In the credits he names himself “Steve”. Perhaps he hopes we’ll think he’s a different person. A bog-standard tellyish thriller, the film pushes Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall through the plot about a terrorist bombing in London and the complicity (or not) of MI5.

John Crowley emails in his directing: “Get actor A to say his line, then get actor B to say hers.” The camera clumps between familiar locations. Every known face in British Isles drama is here: Jim Broadbent, Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff . . . But they are treated like witnesses pushed into the stand for 10 seconds apiece, then told to go and have a sandwich until re-summoned.

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