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  "Closed Circuit" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly brings two exceptional lawyers (Bana and Hall) with a romantic past together on the defense team. They soon realize they've stepped into a dangerous web of cover-ups and lies, and their knowledge of the government's top-secret classified evidence has put their reputations and lives at stake. Unfortunately, the “truth” may be more volatile than the bomb that explodes in downtown London, killing hundreds of innocent people!

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2014, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 34 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS HD Master
  • Starring:  Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff
  • Directed by:  John Crowley
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

From the director of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy- I was expecting a more taut storyline. The premise is good in that MI-5 has a rogue plan that goes bad with catastrophic results and the subsequent secret conspiracy to cover up the truth places our heroes in danger. Usually, it’s the CIA and this takes place in New York…but I digress. Though the movies moves right along, I never felt that the tension rose above the level of an average thriller. The MI-5 director implied menace with his presence, but he never made me feel concerned for the safety of the protagonists. The ending was not very satisfying either, with the “its better that the truth not be known” conclusion that leaves no one punished for their actions…and being from the good old U.S. of A., it plays out all too closely to daily headlines in our own newspapers.  

Technical

The picture is good with detail and contrast. The overall picture color scheme has a cool, bluish hue to the image. Not that London typically has a warm sunny quality to it in the winter. Sound is clear and the surrounds play into the opening truck bombing with lots of gusto. Though they all speak with an English accent, the dialog was always concise and easy to listen too.  

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