Perhaps the most compelling thing about seeing The Circle, is the glow of people checking their phones as soon as the credits rolled. This is going to be a film people claim they understand when they don't even understand the controlled lives they are living.In all a genuinely creepy film carried by Emma Watson, not something for your average Marvel fan though.
The best horror movie of 21st century (by horror_bg2002)
Hands down the best horror movie of 21 century. Facebook and Google are already heading that direction. The Circle is well made amalgam of these two corporations. We already have the surveillance everywhere, people sharing their day to day lives even in the smallest bits. With services like Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram, Facebook people become transparent, hide nothing, keep nothing private and personal. Both FB and Google are trying to get everyone on board, by all means necessary. People don't have private life, everything is public and reachable by everyone who is interested. Imagining <more>
future like the one in the movie is not only possible but very much coming our way. I agree with some points . I do thing that everyone who is eligible to vote should vote. This way minimizing the sheep vote, and the paid vote. Go and watch it! Try to understand it! Think about the points of the movie!
Most interesting story concept to come along in a long while. (by tlooknbill)
Don't know why reviews are comparing this to the somewhat dark and hopeless "1984". "The Circle" is far more interestingly worse because it's deceptively wrapped up in a much more prettier, upbeat and smarter package.My overall summation sees "The Circle" more like the Truman Show where it begs the question how much of one's private life would one give up for complete organized convenience and social transparency? Inclusion by intrusion.You have no friends because you're a nobody? Become a somebody by having the world know your every move with all <more>
that data stored hidden away underground on mindless servers.Only problem is you have to live your life keeping everyone updated through all devices, sort of a new kind of prison.Disturbingly topical since that's what most of us are doing now with Facebook, Instagram and other social network sites except our addiction blinds us to seeing it as a prison and our data owned by someone that can't be controlled.It's the smartest written theatrical release movie in the past 20 years.
A prime example where the computer age is going. (by DarkVulcan29)
What would be bigger than Twitter and Facebook, the answer is The Circle.Mae Emma Watson gets her dream to work at a popular website known has The Circle. Has she becomes settled in, but soon the dream job becomes more then she bargained for her, When Mae The Circle becomes bigger than her.Emma Watson gives a terrific performance here, you feel the emotions she gives, and the other part she comes across she is in over her head. Tom Hanks is alright, has kind of The Steve Jobs of The Circle, he doesn't do very much, does shine in the scenes he is in, but leaves more for Watson. Patton <more>
Oswalt is also good in a dramatic role. But John Boyega The Force Awakens is good too, but I wished the movie could have used him more then they did. But still a good movie, it really makes us think. And also good performance by the late great Bill Paxton, who plays Watson dad.
Really like the idea of the movie,and two things made it amazing. first when Mae's friend died she didn't quit her job, and his death actually motivated her to work into making the circle better! I loved that she didn't let emotions control her. second thing is that almost all movies that tackle new technologies end with the leading actor discovering a conspiracy and trying somehow to stop the technology but this movie acknowledged the benefits and problems and ended with Mae hoping to fix the problems and improve the technology, which i loved The acting was also very good Great <more>
will be seen as a seminal piece in ten years (by byrnemint)
The reason this film is scoring low is the fact that people don't like things too close to the truth. This film is a reflection of the vacuous nature of social media domination of our lives. The fact that the characters are fake is THE point. As we move from a world of the private into the constantly switched on logged in synced world, it is hard for people to see their part in it from the outside. Its uncomfortable to see the shallow narcissism of todays culture because many are an active part in it. The message of the film is too true for many people at the moment to accept.
Makes you think, but it's not completely memorable (by barbagvido)
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 <more>
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.
much better than the low rating would suggest (by tuzitweety)
I just don't get why this movie is getting so many low ratings. I thought it was terrific. The writing was great, the story plausible, and the acting excellent. The story depicts a technological future that is nearly upon us. I almost didn't go see it because of the low rating, but I'm glad I did.
The Circle - Splash of Reality (by Mredman01)
Kept spoilers 'light' and used only as needed to describe the opinion of the film. This film sticks front-and-center an indisputable fact that technology unchecked can and will go to the extreme. I suspect unproven that Ms. Watson signed on to do this film as it holds a moral and carries a social lesson. If you have children, teens, friends oblivious to the fact that the internet and streaming are NOT private, then you must get them to go see this movie - and the social message is the reason why I rate this as an "8". Leader of the company Tom Hanks and Chief Tech <more>
Officer Patton Oswalt deem everyone except themselves should be transparent, including government. When a political obstacle arises in a Senator, of course they dig up and release the dirt on them found in their 'social sins', then sponsor a candidate that is willing to be transparent in every email, every call, every action, every bill, etc. Naivety at its best, as no company or government can operate 100% transparent. In the end, the good persona Emma Watson turns the tables on the powerful leaders in front of an audience and makes them susceptible to the very elements they want others subservient to. I don't usually care for Tom Hanks, but he did a good job in this film - with an outstanding low- level "we're f'd" comment once realizing the tables have turned. Ms. Watson continues to grow in her acting skills and shines even brighter than Mr. Hanks in a few scenes but not overall . Patten Oswalt plays the tough bad-guy in his outstanding short scenes, and fit the role perfectly. The role of John Boyega as Ty left a bit to be desired a 2D character that should have had more depth provided , but liked his acting much better in this film, compared to his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens; he did well.