Niagara Gazette — Director John Crowley’s movie is so disjointed, that rather than allowing the audience to be engaged by wondering about the enemy within, it becomes its own worst enemy. It holds the audience at arm’s length. You never feel invited to embrace the dark shadows and furtive glances. One of the problems is that you’re straining to hear what everyone is saying. I have never had a problem understanding the British, or in Bana’s case, Australians pretending to be British, but the dialogue here is spoken so softly, and with so much mumbling, that they should have served tea at the screening I attended.
Thrillers should thrill. This one doesn’t. The movie is from the team that brought you “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy.” If that one made you sleepy, “Closed Circuit” just might put you into a coma.Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at email@example.com.