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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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James Ponsoldt

Writers:

James Ponsoldt (screenplay by), Dave Eggers (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Watson ... Mae
Ellar Coltrane ... Mercer
Glenne Headly ... Bonnie
Bill Paxton ... Vinnie
Karen Gillan ... Annie
Tom Hanks ... Bailey
Beck ... Beck
Nate Corddry ... Dan
Mamoudou Athie ... Jared
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. ... Beck Bandmate
Joey Waronker Joey Waronker ... Beck Bandmate
Michael Shuman ... Beck Bandmate
Nick Valensi Nick Valensi ... Beck Bandmate (as Nicholas Valensi)
John Boyega ... Ty
Regina Saldivar ... Partier
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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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The Circle's technology has the power to change the world. But one woman is about to discover its darkest secret. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melinda's Song See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,034,148, 30 April 2017

Gross USA:

$20,497,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,656,399
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Mae is getting a tour of the campus facilities by Annie, she is told of the various clubs in one outside area. One of the activities pointed out by Annie was "Quidditch". Of course, the flying broomstick sport of Quidditch was made famous in the Harry Potter universe, in which Emma Watson starred. A land based version of the "sport" has since become popular among university students and tech nerds such as those in The Circle (2017). See more »

Goofs

Over dinner, mother mentions that insurance doesn't cover father's "IGIV Treatment". In actuality it is called IVIG. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Eamon Bailey: Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better.
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Crazy Credits

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

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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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Sharing is not Caring...
30 July 2017 | by mark-951-337630See all my reviews

I watched this film without reading a single review; my 14 year old son and I watched the trailer, thought it looked cool and watched it. Now I'm reading many poor reviews and wondering why?

This film won't set your world on fire or win an Oscar for best actress etc, but the message is compelling.

Taking a spin on how much data we give away to companies like Google, Amazon or Apple, The Circle focuses on privacy and our right to it, or lack of rights to it, in modern society.

The interesting take from this is that my children and I have differing views on the value of sharing on social media; after watching the film the 14 year old was a lot more aware of the issues around making our lives so public.

This film doesn't deserve an Oscar, but it does deserve better reviews than it has received. Sure, you can pick holes in some of the plot, but its message is strong. It was fantastic to watch Tom Hanks in a role not based on a true story, with a hint of menace to his character. Bill Paxton's final ever role before his sad passing is touching, and Emma Watson was interesting in her portrayal of Mae Holland.

If you're looking for something different to watch, ignore the reviews and give this a go.


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