This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.
The best films of this genre always show a path and provide a takeaway for being a better person.
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
One of the film's great tricks is that, for a time, you think it will go down a rabbit hole of unrealistic glorification.
An interesting movie about the necessity to control everyone in a society more and more attached to the web. On one side the ideal of a perfect democracy and transparency, on the other the abuse of control and violation of privacy.
It is a well done movie and an opportunity to think about the world in which we are living, but also the direction that we are taking, sometimes loosing the sense of the reality.
Emma Watson is always a great actress, the plot is good, the idea original. I liked it.
Un film digne d'un épisode de Black Miror, un peu long au début mais intéressant
I randomly decided to watch this as it contains Emma Watson and Tom Hanks so I said to myself 'How bad can it be? Then again if I want to watch a film with Emma Watson maybe I should just stick with an Harry Potter film.' After finishing watching this film I've come too two conclusions, firstly that it can be very bad and secondly, I should have just stuck with the safe option of Harry Potter for anything to do with Emma Watson.
At first it had potential, I thought it was going to be a dramatic story of a girl taking down a company but for the majority of the film, it's quite the opposite which had me confused and kind of wondering where the film was going. I wasn't keen on the cringy script and it was strange listening to Emma Watson with an American accent while her friend in the film was Scottish, does make me question why she needed to have the American accent at all but that's just how they did it. Also the chap that hated how the circle was heading and didn't agree with what it had become, what happened to him at the end? I felt he should have been more involved in whatever happened at the end but he was barely seen? There's so much I could critique about this movie but I'd be here all night. Anyway I wouldn't recommend this sloppy piece of work to anyone, I did have a feeling this was going to be a disappointment which is why I waited so long to watch it and well, I was right. It's quite understandable to feel a little disappointment watching it with the talent it has and see it failing massively. 3/10
The darkly sci-fi TV show 'Black Mirror' is well known for its weekly plots showing us various 'What if?' scenarios regarding the use (or rather MIS-use!) of modern technology in the near future. 'The Circle' feels like it kind of belongs in the 'Black Mirror' universe, although possibly the main 'What if?' question I asked was, 'What if Black Mirror could afford A-list actors for an episode?'In 'The Circle' a young woman (Emily Watson) joins a tech company which is pretty much a hybrid of Google, Facebook and Apple. Everyone who works there is ultra dedicated to the corporate mantra and barely leave the 'campus' as everything they could ever want is at their fingertips. It's headed up by the Steve Jobs-esque mogul, played effortlessly by Tom Hanks. He charming, enigmatic and a natural leader who you can get behind due to his ultra-inspiring rhetoric. But is he a good guy? Our young and naïve intern (or 'guppy' as new employees are 'lovingly' referred to as!) soon realises that there's more going on than she had first thought.The reason I'm dwelling on how much I felt like this was like part of the 'Black Mirror' series, is that some episodes of the show I liked and some I didn't. It seemed my personal preference towards the TV show was based on how quickly I 'got' what they were trying to say. If they managed to keep the show's true meaning a secret until the end, therefore giving some - even small - 'twist element' to the story then I found it left more of a lasting impact on me. However, there were some episodes where it was painfully obvious what they were saying right from the start and, once you knew where it was going, you could almost write the rest of the tale yourself. Unfortunately, despite 'The Circle's' great cast and fine performances (although if you thought that John Boyega was criminally-underused in 'The Last Jedi' then you won't appreciate the minimal screen time he's given here) you kind of can see what they're trying to say here and therefore where the film will go.I certainly didn't hate 'The Circle.' The calibre of actors on show, plus the stylish was it was shot and the attempt to actually say something relevant about society and the effects modern technology is having on us and where we may go with it, made it worth a watch. However, with all that it had going for it, I would have liked to see it going a little further and being a little less predictable with its story.I haven't read the book it was based on, so I can't compare the two. However, I understand that it wasn't as well-received during its US theatrical release as the producers would have liked. I guess one indication of what you should expect from this film is the fact that the film-makers then chose not to give it a UK cinema release, instead opting for a 'straight-to-Netflix' launch. of course if you have the popular streaming service then you're technically getting it as part of your subscription, in which case, you should probably add it to your 'watch-list.'