The Circle is a Hollywood Techno-thriller movie
directed by James Ponsoldt.
Starring Emma Watson,Tom Hanks,John Boyega,Karen Gillan,Ellar Coltrane,Patton Oswalt,Glenne Headly,Bill Paxton,Glenne Headly,Poorna Jagannathan,Nate Corddry,Jimmy Wong,Ellen Wong,Judy Reyes.
'The Circle': Promising but
shallow (Review By Troy Ribeiro, Rating: **)
In today's tech-age, where social media abounds, transparency and
privacy are two sides of the same coin. The Circle is a thriller that
gives an insight into a tech company and its working, to highlight
these two facets of the social media culture.
The tale revolves around Mae Holland (Emma Watson) a young girl who
works as a Customer Service Executive. When she is hired to work for a
promising and powerful, tech and social media company - The Circle, she
sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime.
Intrigued and enamoured with the functioning of the organisation
founded by Eamon Bailey and Tom Stenton, she is further floored with
the company, when they introduce their latest invention, a camera
called, "See-Change". These cameras seem like cool tools that can be
implanted easily across the globe and their images can be accessed or
monitored through satellites.
It's only after a freak accident, that she is convinced that the
cameras saved her life. She confesses, "You behave better when you are
watched." And, as she submits herself to the company's line of thinking
of her own volition. She is inadvertently made the poster girl for
While this ground breaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of
privacy and ethics, is lovingly conveyed as vehicles for the greater
good of mankind, Mae realises that it ultimately curbs her personal
freedom and affects the lives of her friends, family and that of
While the mystery behind The Circle is what holds your interest. The
film's plot is wafer thin and thus feels unexplored. While there is
certainly an analogy with the present day social networking platforms,
the motives or meanings in the film universe are not clearly spelt out.
Furthermore, the entire plot seems abrupt and unsatisfying as the
company's motive for the invention is not plainly presented.
With an impressive cast list that includes; Emma Watson as Mae Holland,
Tom Hanks as Eamon Bailey, Patton Oswalt as Tom Stenton, John Boyega as
a member of The Circle and Mae's co-worker, Karen Gillan as Annie
Allerton -Mae's friend and co-worker, Ellar Coltrane as Mercer a" Mae's
childhood friend, Bill Paxton and Glenne Headly as Mae's parents, every
performance here is note-worthy.
Overall, with fairly decent production values, the film which begins
impressively at a brisk pace and a thoroughly stylish approach, by
mid-section shifts from being engaging to tedious. The final act,
by-the-numbers, winds up abruptly failing to deliver.
Based on the
international best-seller by Dave Eggers, The Circle is a thrilling
modern morality tale starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega.
As she rises through the ranks of the world’s largest tech and social
media company, The Circle, Mae (Watson) is encouraged by company
founder Eamon Bailey (Hanks) to live her life with complete
transparency. But no one is really safe when everyone is watching.