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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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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Based on the best-selling novel. 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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Mercer is being chased by the drone, there is a camera attached to both the driver and passenger window but in one shot on the bridge the driver-side window is rolled down. See more »

Quotes

Eamon Bailey: We're so fucked.
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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 »

Soundtracks

Alabama Railroad Town
Written & Performed by Doug Firebaugh
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Maybe we are reviewing the movie through the lens of our social media addicted transparent lives.
9 January 2018 | by ppignatSee all my reviews

Great cast, interesting subject but obviously difficult to accept the self analysis of our social media addiction. Let's face it, social media is designed as a means to an end, targeted consumer business data. We all freaked out when government wanted Apple to unlock a domestic terrorist's cell phone. No, that information is private was the cry! No it's not really, the companies collecting it are marketing the trend analysis of that data. As for law enforcement subpoena powers, your bank records, tax records, you home, your car and even your private parts can be searched! This movie shows how naive we are to believe that we are safe and private business is not doing the same with our lives. Do you post online where you ate, what you ate and with whom? Guess what, businesses can ID all of that without you posting it, you cellphone GPS data is where you and those also at the same place, your credit card or Apple Pay records of what and how much, it's also time stamped. If I aggregated all the existing past records on you it produces a pattern and gives me with a high probability who you will meet, when and what you will do next week. This is a good movie, not great, but good.


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