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Movie Review: The Circle

 

Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digitla HD is the futuristic thriller The Circle. 

The Circle stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, the late Bill Paxton, Patton Oswalt and John Boyega, to name a few.

The film is based on the book by the same name, written by Dave Eggers (released in 2013).

Let’s face it – our lives are ruled by technology. From checking status updates on Facebook, to posting your breakfast on Instagram, and replying to the onslaught of work related emails… we’re at the mercy of technology.

Growing up I have always heard the term “big brother is watching,” meaning that no matter what you say or do, someone is watching you (more specifically the government). As a child I thought that notion was silly. How can anyone spy on an ordinary person. Seeing how far you can get to someone’s home on Google Earth proves that spying on someone – even an “average Joe” – is easy. Let’s not forget how easy it is to hack into someone’s computer. Even major corporations are vulnerable to hackers, let alone someone who can’t afford high-tech protection.

It bothers me (REALLY bothers me) that if I visit a website to look up something I am interested in buying, that I start seeing ads for that product or business where ever I go – from other websites to my Facebook stream. That means someone in Cyberland my every more (and YOURS TOO!) is being monitored and that information is being sold to third parties in order to sell you things. It’s pretty scary when you think about it.

This is the premise of The Circle, although in a much more maniacal way.

Tom Hanks is the head of a technology company, called The Circle, named Eamon Bailey. He’s part cult leader, part Tony Robbins. He’s lectures are motivational and inspiring, but you can’t help but be concerned about what his ulterior motives truly are.

Emma Watson plays  Mae Holland. She is a new hire at The Circle. She was hired in an entry-level position as a “customer experience” manager.

At first Mae does not put much effort into her new job. She lags behind on social media posting and her emails are piling up. Other employees start to look down on her because they don’t feel like she’s really giving The Circle all she can.

Mae also finds it a big concerning that her co-workers know so much about her life, such as her father’s (Paxton) struggle with MS. But it’s all part of The Circle. Transparency is everything.

Mae is handpicked to work with a prototype device The Circle is working on. It’s a tiny camera, no bigger than a marble, that can record and live-stream what is going on in it’s viewing area. Mae agrees to not only wear the camera but also to set them up around her home. But at what cost?

Talk about “big brother is watching.” Mae’s EVERY move and EVERY word is being streamed live for the world to see. It’s like reality television to the extreme.

It doesn’t take too long for Mae to realize that this is wrong, and that The Circle’s motivations are NOT in the best interest of it’s consumers – or the rest of the world.

Is there anything Mae can to do to stop the behemoth that is The Circle? To find out you need to pick up, or download, The Circle. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Emma Watson has come a long way since her days as the smart and sassy Hermoine Granger. She has proven herself to be a serious dramatic actress. I suspect we are going to see a lot more of this rising star.

Watson was the perfect casting choice a Mae. She has the acting chops to pull off this role in a convincing manner.

I am not use to seeing Tom Hanks in a non-comedic role. I’m used to him in films like Bachelor Party, Big and Forest Gump. To see Hanks as a Charles Manson/David Koresh-type of person is really disturbing. The same applies to the lovable Patton Oswald. Who knew he could play such a dark character.

Over all the film was good. My husband and I liked it. We couldn’t help but have a long discussion afterwards about social media, technology and how nothing you say or do is truly safe anymore. It’s a scary world out there, that is for sure.

Below is the theatrical trailer for the film. The Circle is now available for home viewing.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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