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The Circle (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 28 April 2017 (USA)
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A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.

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Mae
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Beck
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Dan
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Jared
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. ...
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Joey Waronker ...
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Nick Valensi ...
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Ty
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Storyline

When Mae is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes, begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

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Secrets are lies.Sharing is caring.Privacy is theft. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use | See all certifications »

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28 April 2017 (USA)  »

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Melinda's Song  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,034,148, 28 April 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,476,391, 2 June 2017
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Trivia

While The Circle's campus is computer generated when shown from a distance, many of the outdoor scenes were filmed at or around the Bandshell at Playa Vista Central Park. That area was once part of the Hughes Aircraft complex and still includes some of the original buildings. See more »

Goofs

Emma Watson's "American" accent fluctuates into her native British a lot, especially tonally. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Eamon Bailey: Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better.
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Crazy Credits

A dedication to Bill Paxton at the closing credits which reads: "For Bill". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evening Urgant: Michael Rooker/James Gunn (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Farewell Transmission
Written by Jason Molina
Performed by Songs: Ohia
Courtesy of Secretly Canadian
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The Circle (2017)
2 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was a big fan of Dave Eggers' A Hologram for the King. It was a fantastic read for enjoyment and to analyze. The film adaptation also did not disappoint. When The Circle was announced as a film I immediately checked out the book. To my disappointment, the film wasn't as interesting an got to bogged down to its technological ventures and wasn't exactly the best read. However, I held out hope that the film would be able to impress, especially with the star studded cast at the helm.

Emma Watson plays Mae Holland an ambitious young customer service rep who joins The Circle, a cutting edge technology based company that seems to be growing at fast pace and changing the future. The thing is, the technological leap of the company leads to massive privacy concerns and the company seems to be capable of more than what initially meets the eye. First off, I will say that the scathing reviews I've seen for the film are somewhat unwarranted, however the film is far from perfect and could have been much better.

The plot may seem like its minimal or nonexistent but this wasn't really my concern. I was more concerned with things being introduced into the film that have no real importance later in the film. John Boyega's character is a glorified cameo that seems to just be there as a big name. In the book the character is mysterious has a much larger effect on Mae's life. The ending of the film leaves much more to be desired; there needed to be more explanation onto what the reveal was and anything about repercussions.

The film is littered with talented people but unfortunately the writing and the structure of the film really lets them down. Its a misfire really, and the film needed to be much better and have a stronger central message. I feel like parts of the film and scenes were left on the cutting room floor. The film isn't exactly terrible but its most certainly unfulfilled and really could have left a stronger impression.

6/10


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