Box art for Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star in this conspiracy thriller about two lawyers whose knowledge of top-secret classified evidence puts their reputations and lives at stake.

common sense

ON for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

Disappointing English thriller has some violence, drugs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Closed Circuit is an English crime thriller that focuses for a while on talking and discovering information and then has a big chase-and-escape sequence at the climax. There's some fighting and a little blood when a woman is attacked and fights back. There's also a lethal explosion that kills 120 people and a car crash. "F--k" is used a few times, but, overall, language is sparse. A flashback shows kissing, and there's some flirting. One minor character is said to be a heroin dealer; he's shown suffering from using the drug. Some characters smoke cigarettes. The movie's tone/structure -- which asks audiences to think heavily during the first two-thirds and then turn off their brains during the last act -- makes it seem unlikely to appeal to a broad audience.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Closed Circuit's violence. Does the attacking, chasing, and attempted killing make sense in this story? Why or why not?
  • Is this a pessimistic story? Do you believe that huge entities can become so corrupt that they'd kill to protect their secrets? Are they the equivalent of bullies? Can normal people stop such a thing?
  • Are the main characters role models? Are they fighting for freedom or the truth? What's the difference?
  • Is Claudia a positive role model for women?