Closed Circuit

2013 R 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

Closed Circuit

2013 R 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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Martin and Claudia, top-flight lawyers who happen to be former lovers, become targets when they're teamed up to defend a notorious terrorist. As the trial unfolds, the danger causes the pair to reevaluate their allegiance to justice.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.40:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

The two main characters are former lovers; in one scene, viewers see flashbacks to them dancing and kissing. Otherwise, they keep each other at a distance (until the very end, when they start flirting again).


There's a huge explosion during the opening moments in which 120 people are said to have died. During the movie's final stretch, the main characters are chased and attacked. Two men try to choke the heroine. The first time, she smashes a glass in her attacker's face and bites him; some blood is shown. The second time, she's rescued when a character bashes her attacker in the head. A 14-year-old boy is briefly in danger. The hero lives through a car crash.


"F--k" is used a few times, plus "s--t," "prick," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

The movie takes place in a world of corruption at the highest and most powerful levels, where an individual has no hope of changing anything -- and, indeed, may suffer the consequences for even trying. But at the very last moment, a chorus of voices may hope to chime in and be heard.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A minor character is said to be a heroin dealer. He's shown suffering and sick from using prison heroin (which is cut and not as strong as pure heroin, viewers are told). Some secondary characters smoke cigarettes, and the male lead is shown smoking one cigarette.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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