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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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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 »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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

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Melinda's Song  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,034,148 (USA) (28 April 2017)

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$20,476,391 (USA) (2 June 2017)
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At one point Mae struggles to keep up with Annie and comments how incredibly long her legs are. Karen Gillan played Amy Pond on Doctor Who (2005), and at one point another character commented that she, "...is made of legs, that's the most legs on any living human!" See more »

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Emma Watson's "American" accent fluctuates into her native British a lot, especially tonally. See more »

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[from trailer]
Eamon Bailey: Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better.
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References Soylent Green (1973) See more »

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Metal Guru
Written by Marc Bolan
Performed by T. Rex
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group o/b/o Spirit Services Holdings, S.A.R.L.
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Bill Paxton does give an amazing final performance in the film!
11 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'THE CIRCLE': Four Stars (Out of Five)

The new techno-thriller starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks (who also co-produced the movie) and John Boyega (of 'STAR WARS' fame). The film tells the story of a young college student who gets an exciting new job at a successful internet company, but things become too intense when she later learns that the corporation is a huge threat to everyone's privacy. It costars Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, Ellar Coltrane (of 'BOYHOOD' fame), Glenne Headly and the late Bill Paxton (in his final film role). The movie was directed by James Ponsoldt, and it was written by Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers (Eggers also wrote the 2013 novel it's based on). It's received almost unanimous negative reviews from critics, and it's underperformed at the Box Office as well. I somewhat enjoyed the movie, but I agree it is a flawed film too.

Mae Holland (Watson) is a young college student that's currently bored with her life, and has to deal with a lot of family drama. She's thrilled to find out that her friend Annie (Gillan) has gotten her an interview at the most successful internet company in America. She lands the job, and things begin going really well. Then she's given an assignment, by the corporation's two co-founders (Hanks and Oswalt), to be completely transparent to all of the company's internet followers (at all times). She at first enjoys the fame and enormous power that the position brings, but when she realizes the experiment is putting everyone's privacy in tremendous danger, she realizes it's something that she can't continue. The corporation doesn't want her to stop though.

The movie is another great idea for a film, that isn't fully developed well. I enjoyed a lot of it actually, and found the movie to be very insightful about the constantly advancing technological world we all live in. It presents a great argument about both the benefits and the dangers, that being completely transparent (and constantly oversharing everything) can bring to people and our society. I think oversharing can be a really positive thing (that's why I frequently do it), and the film does make this argument well. It also presents the downside of being overly transparent too though, and I don't think it really takes one side or the other (in my opinion). Some of the characters and plot points are really poorly developed though. It's a really ambitious movie, that had a lot of promise, but it does fall a little short. Bill Paxton does give an amazing final performance in the film (on the positive side) as well though.

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