Main Plot Points:
- A young couple break into the house of a suspected serial kill and plant hidden cameras.
- When they attempt to retrieve the evidence, they are trapped and are forced to fight for their lives.
What We Thought:
- Closed Circuit Extreme (Circuito Chiuso), is a found-footage film, and is the Italian film debut of Director Giorgio Amato. It happens to also be the film adaptation of his novel of the same name.
- For some reason, despite being an Italian film, that takes place in Italy, everyone speaks in very bad, heavily accented English. I am not sure why they weren’t speaking Italian with subtitles. Just seems an odd choice.
- The film quality is poor, the images are grainy, and not very clear. I understand, it is supposed to help convey that the cams are all supposed to be cheap spy cams, but it is a poor choice to show a WHOLE film that way. It is one thing if the footage cut between different cameras of differing quality, but, if a whole film is supposed to be from the viewpoint of one camera, or one similar set of cameras, you lose the whole basis for comparison, and really don’t need to have a depreciated film quality.
- I did however like some of the angles the cameras showed, because that did help them seem like they were just quickly set up in places to spy on someone.
- The film starts with a poorly written intro, that is made to look like some sort of official government note.
- Throughout the film, little digital boxes pop up, identifying the different people, and they are all poorly written, and also look really silly.
- The film is very slow, and doesn’t really build any suspense.
- For at least the first half or so, nothing happens. We see the guy that is being spied on, as he interviews nannies and basically just lives his life, and we see occasional clips of the young couple breaking in to check the cams. It just drags and drags.
- We finally see the subject attack one of his nanny candidates. There is what seems to be a rape, but really, we just see the very top of the subject’s head bob in and out of frame.
- The film then drags on again, until at the end, the police come in and end up searching the house.
- Although I am not sure how well video and audio recordings taken via hidden cameras (especially ones installed during a breaking and entering) would hold up in court, the basic idea for this film is actually not that bad of an idea. It was really just poorly executed.
- When compared to the giallos that have come out of Italy, this is really a sad horror effort. No suspense, barely any gore. The fact that it is found-footage only further hurts it.
- I would really not recommend this to anyone. There are much better examples of Italian horror out there.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Stefano Fregni
- Guglielmo Favilla
Recommended if You Like:
- Italian films with dialogue all in English
- Found-Footage films