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Circle (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 16 October 2015 (USA)
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Held captive and faced with their imminent executions, fifty strangers are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allegra Masters ... The Pregnant Girl
Aimee McKay ... Beth
Ashley Key ... The Young Girl
Autumn Federici ... Woman #4
Bill Lewis ... The Oldest Man
Brent Stiefel ... Young Man
Cameron Cruz ... Guy (as Cameron Connerty)
Carter Jenkins ... The College Guy
Cesar Garcia ... The Tattooed Man
Coley Speaks ... The African American Man
Daniel Lench ... The Rich Man
Daniel Yelsky ... Shaun
David Reivers ... Bruce
David Saucedo ... The Hispanic Man
DeMaris Gordon DeMaris Gordon ... Older Woman #2


In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Every two minutes, one of them must die... Executed by an electrical pulse generated from a source within the chamber. At first the attacks seem random, but, soon the strangers realize that they, as a group, have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed: by the power of the vote. Mob mentality at its finest hour. A chance to control the machine. How will they choose who deserves to die? What happens when there's only one person left? "Circle" is a film about humanity. How we value one another and how people react when they are forced to make decisions under the worst possible circumstances. It's a film that speaks to the very core of what makes us human - Who we are, what we believe and ultimately, the lengths we will go to in which to save ourselves.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fifty strangers held captive are forced to choose one person among them to survive execution.


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Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cercle See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Inspired by 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »


The Mexican man does not speak or understand English. Then they make up the plan that everyone should vote for the person to their right side. They even do this twice, after stressing how important it is that everyone does the same thing. But the Mexican man could never have understood that. See more »


Young Man: Oh yeah, he bought us 2 minutes. Throw him a Purple Heart
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Public speaking has never been this much fun (to watch!)
27 April 2016 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

'Circle.' It's a pretty tight little film, basically filmed only in the one location for an hour and a half – the location being a completely pitch black room with fifty red spots on the floor. In each, stands a random stranger and every couple of minutes one of which gets zapped by – er – something and brutally killed before their body is dragged off into the gloom. Confused? How do you think the fifty people feel?! And that's that – fifty people turns to forty. Forty turns to thirty and so on. It's a tough sell and it's probably never going to be a mainstream hit (especially as about the most well-known face is Dexter's wife from the TV series of the same name). Anyway, I think it deserves a cult following as I'm sure it will find an audience out there somewhere.

Its simple premise and delivery kind of reminded me of other (rather fun films) such as The Human race and Cube. Yes, it's hardly action-packed. The fifty people can't even move off their little red spot on the floor – if they do, that nasty zapper comes back for them again and that's that for them. What you have is a kind of morality tale about what people would do in this situation. Would they vote to kill people they don't know just to save themselves, or would they try and save everyone? It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. I can see plenty of people finding it boring, or being annoyed at the ending (I won't say why – you'll have to check out the internet message boards!), but if you're in the mood for something a little different and without any major car chases or Marvel superheroes destroying entire cities then give this one a go. I found it on Netflix and was glad I did – definitely worth seeing if you're in the mood for something dark, talky and that will make you question what you'd do in this most of weird and extreme of situations.

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