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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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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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Knowing is good. Knowing everything is better. 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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Release Date:

28 April 2017 (USA)  »

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Melinda's Song  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$20,476,391 (USA) (2 June 2017)
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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Mae: Hello.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Farewell Transmission
Written by Jason Molina
Performed by Songs: Ohia
Courtesy of Secretly Canadian
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It'll make you think long and hard about how much to put on FACEBOOK!!!
4 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better." Bailey (Tom Hanks)

How much information is too much? The Circle shows in a direct and melodramatic form that the saturation point is here. Mae (Emma Watson) is hired by a tech-centered firm, an amalgam of Apple, Facebook, and the CIA. Their inclusion-full-knowledge mantra culminates in Mae's agreeing to have complete transparency, a Truman Show for our time.

Bailey is the Steve-Jobs guru, whose weekly assembly for the campus is a model of group think and cultism, launching from the newest technology to the newest invasion of privacy. The willingness of the audience to embrace everything from the unethical farming of information to his obviously self-serving anecdotes suggests Jim-Jones cool-aid-audience imbibing.

The film is an attention-getting, absorbing object lesson in neglecting critical thinking.

The film's provocative theme about full disclosure includes the implied dialectic between the common good and privacy. Knowing where criminals are, such as in our sex-offender laws, is good in the case of creeps but scary when innocent citizens are the object.

Two incidents close to the protagonist illustrate the effects of private invasion, one for survival, the other for denying the efficacy. The former is about saving Mae from drowning because of surveillance and the other about the world seeing her aging parents having sex. No one could wish not to have life-saving surveillance; no one could want parental transparency 24/7.

The Circle is frequently simplistic, e.g., having records that allow automatic registration for voting but also require voting, ignores invasion of privacy and personal choice.

None of this polemic completely negates the efficacy of social media and constant contact. However, transparency, the film suggests, invades and makes circus-like a privacy our Constitution implies.

The camera spends too much time on Mae's bland, wondering stare and meaningless conversations that would be better spent arguing the mission of the Circle. At least it's a start toward better regulation of social information both public and private.


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