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This makeweight thriller starring Rebecca Hall is too shallow to shine any topical light on security-state machinations
Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall in Closed Circuit
Garbled … Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall in Closed Circuit.
Garbled … Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall in Closed Circuit.
Xan Brooks
Thu 24 Oct 2013 17.30 EDT

Alarming news for those who missed the recent Edward Snowden revelations. There's a camera on every corner, we're all being watched, and the security state may actually threaten our liberty as much as protect it. That's the stentorian message of the makeweight Closed Circuit, in which Rebecca Hall and Eric Bana play defence lawyers who stumble upon a potential MI5 conspiracy in the wake of a terrorist bombing in Borough Market. The whole cast is wound up, they all have secrets to conceal. But John Crowley's thriller provides too shallow a vessel for this murky subject matter. It plays as cut-price Le Carré; a recording of a recording of superior films. The picture is fuzzy, and the plot becomes garbled.

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