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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.

Director:

James Ponsoldt

Writers:

James Ponsoldt (screenplay by), Dave Eggers (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Watson ... Mae
Ellar Coltrane ... Mercer
Glenne Headly ... Bonnie
Bill Paxton ... Vinnie
Karen Gillan ... Annie
Tom Hanks ... Bailey
Beck ... Beck
Nate Corddry ... Dan
Mamoudou Athie ... Jared
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. ... Beck Bandmate
Joey Waronker Joey Waronker ... Beck Bandmate
Michael Shuman ... Beck Bandmate
Nick Valensi Nick Valensi ... Beck Bandmate (as Nicholas Valensi)
John Boyega ... Ty
Regina Saldivar ... Partier
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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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The Circle's technology has the power to change the world. But one woman is about to discover its darkest secret. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melinda's Song See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Paxton died before the film's release. Glenne Headly, who played his wife in the film, died the same year after the film's release. See more »

Goofs

When Congresswoman Santos is speaking on stage, the lighting on her face starkly changes between shots. In wide shots, the top half of her head is cut off by the amphitheater's shadow, whereas closer shots are evenly lit, as if she'd stepped backward or forward every time the shot changed. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mae: Hello.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in PWN: Just the Worst Movies - PWN #16 (2017) See more »

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With Fun In My Life
Written by Ellis Taylor
Performed by James Whitney
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Succumbs to Sequel Madness
30 April 2017 | by Kiers77See all my reviews

We get that the industry wants to make a profit, not just from The Circle, but any novel story being "serialized", But sequel-madness is RUINING the viewer experience and dumbing society down. When you see movies like "the circle", you are more and more realizing that the actual "content" delivered is LESS and LESS, instead you get more "texture" or filler.

The story and implications of the Circle could have been great. Privacy is THE topic of our times. Unfortunately, the industry wants to deliver the same amount of content in a book or novel via 3-4 blockbuster films....the sequels.

As a result, we got a lot of texture, but little story development in The circle. All that, in TWO HOURS.


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