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Closed Circuit

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Disappointing English thriller has some violence, drugs.

Movie R 2013 96 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

British spy thriller is teen-friendly, but bland and forgettable

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Too much violence
Too much swearing

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The first two-thirds of the movie almost make it worth the trouble, but the final third is so dissatisfying that it can't be recommended. CLOSED CIRCUIT has been advertised as being from the makers of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and, for a while, it seems as though it might be the same kind of intelligent moviemaking that builds drama through discreet conversations and the passing of crucial information. As written by Steven Knight and directed by John Crowley, the characters seem smart, and interactions between them reveal interesting ideas, as well as unspoken tensions.

But then you get the feeling that the filmmakers suddenly decided to switch their movie from a smart English thriller to a dumb American one. It happens in the third act, when the chase scenes begin, as well as the face-offs, attempted killings, and escapes. These are all handled with startling clumsiness and an extreme lack of logic. The bad guys are given too much power, and it never makes sense when they fail to use this power. The good guys simply luck out.

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