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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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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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Secrets are lies. Sharing is caring. Privacy is theft. 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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first time Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton have worked together since Apollo 13 (1995). See more »

Goofs

When Mae demonstrates Soul Search by finding the location of a wanted person somewhere in the world, she says they will choose a person at random. Yet when the person is selected, Mae is able to tell the audience many facts about that person is including why they went to prison and how they escaped, all without having to read the details on the screen. See more »

Quotes

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 »


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Simple Gifts
By Joseph Brackett (1848)
Produced, Arranged & Performed by Jon Thor Birgisson (as Jónsi)
Mixed & Engineered by Alex Somers
Mastered by Ted Jensen
Courtesy of Frakkur SLF
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Makes you think, but it's not completely memorable
10 May 2017 | by barbagvidoSee all my reviews

The Circle is a movie based on a novel by Dave Eggers. It stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks and it's set in a near future where they have this company called The Circle which is pretty much like Google, but even bigger. Emma Watson stars as Mae Holland, a young woman who gets a job in the company, but when she sees what the company really is doing, which side will she take?

I have read the novel and even though it was flawed, it was an interesting read, so I was kinda excited about the movie. The movie isn't perfect, but it's not nearly as bad as everyone says. I didn't find it boring at all, you just need to get invested in the story and know that this is not your typical dystopian story. This really shows what life might be like one day, so not much major events happen. That made it feel a bit more realistic, but it also made it feel a bit forgettable. That's the biggest flaw of this film. It makes quite an impact on you when you finish watching it and you won't be able to stop thinking about it for the next few hours. But that's more because of the message, not because of the movie itself. But that message will get under your skin. You will shiver during some scenes in the second half and especially at the last shot. And the creepiest thing about it is how easily a large percentage of humanity could be tricked by propaganda. That's extremely well shown in Eamon Bailey, the charismatic leader of the organization played by Tom Hanks. He's smart, he's funny, he's down-to-earth, and he's very likable. And that's the scariest thing. He's one of those people who would probably manage to talk you into killing yourself in less than 5 minutes. He's such a charismatic presence and Hanks was the perfect choice for the role. Regardless of his plans for the future, you just can't hate this guy! That's how easily we can be brainwashed and the movie warns us about a lot of things going on in the world right now. When you finish it, you will think a lot about the points this movie made. Oh, and I forgot to mention, I also like how they eliminated some extremely unnecessary subplots from the book and made the story a lot more straightforward without any distractions.

Overall, even though it's not amazing, I recommend this film simply for the message itself. It's really not that bad.


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