Closed Circuit full movie review - Conflict, Trust and Power, these prevail in the movie
What is the point we could and ought to draw from this movie: In this day and age, we have become all too familiar with how much terror is becoming woven in the fabric of our
lives, so much so that we have become complaisant in accepting that the powers to be are given carte blanche as long as we don't have to hear or read about it, just like good old corruption always has. Perhaps it is a trade-off we accept and then maybe it is one we never should, because it leads to no better fate for us than that which we seek so hard to avoid, the loss of our freedoms.
The leader in the use of CCTV (closed circuit television from video cameras), London, has set the bar for that sort of privacy invasion. It is certainly debatable whether or not privacy ought to extend to public places, but the fact that we can be tracked and our lives outside our homes is fair game for security forces to use to such a high level of dissemination that it is likely innocents will be caught in the web, and thrown to the wolves, if only to give us all a sense of safety, a false one most likely. We have no more protection from power; and who benefits but the powers who are solely the ones protected. The irony is stark and the conflicts, ones we cannot defend against.
The two lead actors in the movie play the roles of pawns caught, as it were, in that web, by a system which they themselves are a part of, but it does not make them immune to the same precarious state we are all subject to, in addition to which they have an additional source of conflict, their past relation history, and that makes them even more vulnerable. Martin Rose and Claudia Simmons-Howe, played respectively by Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall, both have risen in the legal system and are believers in its fair and impartial practice. They however have never dealt with or confronted real power before the case they both are assigned. Their plight as well as the one of their client is sealed by the same inevitability and this makes for a damn good thriller in my book.
In order to better enjoy this movie, you should familiarize yourself with the English legal system, particularly the role of barristers, solicitors and the current sollicitor-advocat role, in the context of high profile criminal cases. I mention this because if you ever watched a French movie that dealt with court proceedings and prosecution, you most certainly found it frustrating or boring and missed out on the full experience such movie could have provided. The same applies here; you might still appreciate the thriller portions, but you'll have wasted a portion of the movie simply ignoring it or being left to wonder. If you follow my suggestion, you'll thank me later.
As complex as the details of the plot are, it is still easy to follow the development if you pay attention. The suspense and tension builds and builds from beginning to the end, when alas you reach the climax of the story, one that then makes sense and was, as you can deduce, inevitable even if surprising. You will not feel a warm and fuzzy feeling when it's all over and you should not; that's why I liked it.