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Review - The Circle
With the ever increasing presence of social media in our lives, it was only a matter of time until distrust and paranoia crept into the relationship.  

Enter The Circle.

Based on the Dave Eggers best-seller, The Circle tells the story of a young woman named Mae.  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 all of humanity.



Capturing the phenomenon of today’s social media and the consequences of being permanently checked in, the gripping modern thriller is directed and co-written for the screen by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) and Dave Eggers (A Hologram for the King), and features an all-star cast, including Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Forrest Gump, 1994), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Emmy winner Patton Oswalt (Writing for Variety Special, Talking for Clapping, 2016), Glenne Headly (The Night Of), and Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton (Best Actor, Television – Drama, Big Love, 2010) in his final role.

This is ground that is rife for exploration and The Circle doesn't shy away.  We follow Mae as she becomes further and further entwined in the world of The Circle.  She compromises her privacy for security despite her concerns on both fronts.  Insert Benjamin Franklin quote here.

While the movie stumbles a bit in the final act, everyone involved gives great performances, especially Tom Hanks as the Gatesian messiah figure at the heart of the circle.  It's seldom mentioned, but Hanks can play a certain type of low energy, slow burn villain with a menace that is scary.  He should do it more often.

The Circle casts a light on today's society.  I think what you take away from it will depend largely on your own personal relationship with social media.

The Circle is available now Blu-ray and DVD.


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