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.
The lead role of Mae was first offered to Alicia Vikander, which according to her, was one of the three roles offered simultaneously alongside the roles of Maria in Assassin's Creed (2016) and Heather in Jason Bourne (2016). Due to fan factor, she opted to do Bourne instead, thus having the producers moving on to casting second choice Emma Watson instead. See more »
When Mae puts on the body camera, it's described as "total transparency" of her life. Yet she can choose to turn it off for bathroom breaks (or to have secret meetings in the bathroom), so it's not a total record of everything she's done or said. See more »
I'm most scared of unfulfilled potential.
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A dedication to Bill Paxton at the closing credits which reads: "For Bill". See more »
A fairly acted but lazy dystopian piece of work that has its moments but tells hardly nothing new.
The vote is a mere average between Watson and Hank's solid, terrific acting (vote: 8), an acceptable but overall trite, tedious screenplay (vote: 5) and some involuntarily laughable dystopian concepts mixed with some muddy social satire (vote: 3). It all seems a huge déjà vu: the promising and smart girl from a humble setting, a bigger-than-anyone company, a dark side (roughly shown by an under-exploited Boyega), the struggle with all of this. Being The Circle marketed as a thriller, audience is meant to be thrilled, at some point; this hardly ever happens; being marketed as a dystopian picture, The Circle certainly has some suggestive elements but fails to mix them smoothly. Its lazy effort is to take problems we are already struggling with -such as loss of privacy, invasive social media and their influence on politics, appalling need for control- and push them a little further in a not-so-far future without making a good or even consistent plot out of it, not to mention a solid message. It's fairly normal to walk out the theater a bit disappointed by seeing a movie with such great talent wasted in a muddy, eyebrow-raising subject that is just as inane as its tagline: 'Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better.'
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