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Circle (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 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 ... Older Woman #2
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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.

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


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The Rich Guy advocated allowing those with children to live longer than those who didn't. Yet he was one of the main people to also push for killing the Young Pregnant Woman and the Little Girl. See more »

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The army guy was lying about his baby. Because he mentions that he was 2 years in Afghanistan returned a couple of days back and was about to meet his 7 month old baby. That does not add up. See more »

Quotes

The African American Man: Hey, hey, I got an idea. How about we uh... How about we kill all the black people next, yeah?
The Lawyer: What are you talking about? Don't play the race card, man. This is all just fucking chance.
The African American Man: Yeah? Right. That's why most of us are dead, right?
The Asian Kid: It's every man for himself in here.
The Atheist: Yeah, you need to shut up with this racism stuff, okay? Nobody gives a shit around here.
The African American Man: I give a shit around here. Look, I'm just saying, I'm not fucking next, all right? Y'all done reached your minority quota. That's fair.
The Atheist: This ...
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You have to meet this movie at least halfway
24 November 2015 | by thekarmicnomadSee all my reviews

Some seemingly random people appear in a circular room, every now and then one of them is executed. They quickly realise there is a way to 'vote off' your fellow circle dwellers in a very terminal way.

It is not long before prejudices and biases start to arise. Someone notices more black people are getting zapped than white people. Coincidence? Some of these biases are played out very professionally with flair and drama, others are handled a bit clumsily leading to some very cringey dialogue.

This film lives and dies by how much you are prepared to invest into it.

If you think about the scenario logically, then a lot of the choices people make seem rash and rather stupid.

But if you can put yourself in the characters shoes, and imagine that you - staring wide eyed down the barrel of a gun - are about to be killed over some scum bag rapist, in reality wouldn't you want that extra two minutes of life over them - just on principle?

This is where the film needs to draw you in. The acting, lighting, effects and sound are all good enough. However, some of the characters aren't, forcing some of the actors into a corner they have to ham their way out off. Then the spell starts to crack.

If you can remove all distractions and try to engage your emotions and blot out the signals coming from the rational parts of your brain then this is very good for Netflix fodder.

I was fully prepared to have one of those stupid no answer endings. I was pleased to get a bit more than I expected.


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