I have recently watched Closed Circuit and I was thrilled of how good it was made for a movie with such a delicate subject. After Paris events, one can be a little bit more than a little biased toward a public bombing where 120 people were killed, a fictive event, of course, but not at all improbable. It happens in London, where usually only IRA was putting the bombs. Now, in this case, some Turkish guy was arrested. His wife and kid have been taken in custody as well.
Interesting, isn’t it? What a premonitory movie, made in 2013, one whole year before the infamous ISIS launched its bloody plan of transforming the world in a caliphate. In this almost perfectly made movie, other things are coming to light. There is no smoke without a fire. The greatest neglected fact in here is the motivation. Why that bomb? Who exactly (what organization) planned the whole thing?
[source: all pictures from imdb.com]
These are being left aside because the main subject is about justice in the “free” world. It is somehow about how a convict of murder, conspiracy to mass destruction, etc, etc, has the same right to be defended as everybody else. But the British justice system is more complicated than others when matters of national security are being discussed. The Turk, Farroukh Erdogan (in Turkish is Faruk Erdoğan) is represented by two attorneys designated by the Government. One is representing him in closed hearings to attempt to determine which classified pieces of information are required for his defense, and the other will represent him in the open trial using information allowed by the closed hearings.
It is strange that on national security reasons, the two attorneys are forbidden to consult with each other after classified data have been disclosed to the special one. The one for the open court is assisted by his friend. The one for the open court is actually the replacement of his predecessor who committed suicide after six months of trial. It seems that the special attorney for dealing with classified data was named at the same time. The action will become complicated and dangerous but from unimaginable reasons, or better said, not because Al Qaeda, ISIS, or IRA for what matters. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to watch for yourself some day.
Close Circuit is a movie directed by John Crowley (Intermission – 2003) and written by Steven Knight, a real pro (The Hundred-Foot Journey for Lasse Hallström in 2014, Eastern Promises for David Cronenberg in 2007, Amazing Grace for Michael Apted in 2006, Dirty Pretty Things for Stephen Frears in 2002, to mention just a little).
It stars Eric Bana as Martin Rose, the open court attorney, Rebecca Hall as Claudia Simmons-Howe, the special appointed attorney for the closed sessions, Ciarán Hinds as Devlin, Martin Rose’s assistant, Jim Broadbent as Attorney General, Riz Ahmed as Nazrul Sharma, an agent, Denis Moschitto as Farroukh Erdogan, Julia Stiles as Joanna Reece, an American journalist, Anne-Marie Duff as Melissa Fairbright, an interesting character.
Unfortunately the trailer is full of spoilers. The British don’t know to make trailers. That’s the reason I haven’t included it in here. The movie is highly recommended.
Closed Circuit has been released in 2013, runs for 96 minutes, and was (grossly under)rated 6.2 on imdb at the moment of reviewing it.
“There are close to half a million closed circuit cameras in London…” (Martin Rose telling Devlin). It’s something to make you think better at the world you are living in. I’m afraid the cameras are there to spy on us, not to prevent bombings happen. Think more!
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