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2017, Sci-Fi

The Circle (2017)

Circle

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story A novel by the same name by Dave Eggers
Director James Ponsoldt
Writers/Script James Ponsoldt, Dave Eggers
Starring Emma Watson, Ellar Coltrane, Bill Paxton, Karen Gillan, Tom Hanks, John Boyega,

Elevator Pitch: Mae’s friend Annie manages to get her a job in the Internet conglomorate “The Circle”. She does customer responses but gradually becomes absorbed into the organisation when pursuaded to move from her parent’s home into the conglomorate’s accommodation. She has a kyaking accident and is rescued by the Coast Guard purely because of the Circle’s suveillance and so decides to “go trasparent” exposing her whole life, and that of everyone she contacts, to her followers.

Content: Mae accidentally clicks on her parents having sex, although nothing seen. There are many sonorous speeches by the company bosses and by Mae herself. Creepy people get her to become more involved in the company. Bits of the world are viewed on the company cameras. Her former boyfriend accidentally drives off a bridge. Annie leaves and is seen in Scotland. And more speeches.

A View: This outing was panned by the critics and was straight to video in UK. Even the presence of the great Tom Hanks and the attractive Karen Gillan  could not save it, and no wonder. It was not a bad idea to feature a sort of gloomy internet presence to which everybody would subscribe, but it could not face dealing with the bad bits. Even today, in the real world, people are killing themselves accidentally while trying to achieve internet infamy. Where were they? Who was the audience for this turkey? Almost none of us it turns out. Not even worth your time for free.

Additional Info: Reshoots took place to try to make Emma Watson more appealing, but resulted in test audiences liking her even less. To be fair, not totally her fault.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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