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The Circle Movie Review

Updated on April 27, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

The Circle is a film that is almost prophetic in its ideas for technological advances. The film raises so many important questions that affect modern daily life, but the most important question of all is: how far is too far? We all have a right to privacy, but would the world actually be a better place if everyone and everything was out in the open, if everyone could be seen at all times, if no act was hidden?

The Circle follows Mae, played by Emma Watson, who is a customer service agent that is fed up with her job. She deals with angry people all day and so badly wants a change. She's about to get more than she bargained for when her friend Annie, played by Karen Gillan, calls her up and tells her that she has been scheduled for an interview at a company known as The Circle which is run by Stenton and Bailey, played by Patton Oswalt and Tom Hanks respectively. But is this company's intentions as pure as they claim?

The film itself is a bit disappointing. It had so much potential but misses its mark by far. The film's biggest problem is the acting. Ellar Coltrane, who was the star of the critically acclaimed Boyhood, was the worst part of the film. His acting was wooden, dull, and lifeless. Even Emma Watson, who is usually a terrific actress, seemed like she'd rather be anywhere else but on set. Really no one in the film had a standout performance.

The other problem that the film had was that it spent way too much time on unnecessary information and way too little time on story progression, which ultimately caused the ending to fail when it should have delivered a much bigger punch.

For all of its great ideas and frightfully astounding questions, The Circle was ultimately a missed opportunity. What could have been a truly horrifying paranoia-inducing whirlwind of a film felt more like a mild rainstorm that ended as quick as it began. I give the film a 2 out of 4.

© 2017 Alec Zander


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