The Circle (2017) A Creepy Version of Facebook

Even though The Circle got a 5.3/10 on IMDb, I don't think it received such a crap score because of the film making, but rather, how closely it resembled real life with but a twist on the present day world of Facebook.


"Mae Holland (Emma Watson) seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world's most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company's founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity."


Starring Emma Watson, Ellar Coltrane, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton, Karen Gillan, Tom Hanks, Beck, John Boyega and more in a film directed by James Ponsoldt, whose primary resume experience involves TV productions.


The film starts out following Mae as she gets that opportunity of a lifetime, when her friend gets her a job at Facebook, I mean, The Circle.

At first we are rooting for her, the girl from a no-nothing kind of job and landing a huge opportunity this this huge social media company. We watch her get trained, given opportunities within the company, then starting to get absorbed into the company as they 'test' new technology, injecting her with nanobots, taking care of her parents (with strings attached), and then letting her develop beyond the newbie and into an idea-wielding employee.

Throughout the movie, we watch our innocent new employee become a mildly insidious, aggressive Circle advocate.

Boyega plays a confusingly influential yet sparsely used character.


The film is rather riveting in a sedate, cerebral sort of way and I think it's much better than what the IMDb score says. But it does feel way to close to home as this social media company attempts to draw the entire digital world into and under it's umbrella of 'caring.'

If it comes on TV, I think you'll enjoy watching this frightfully life-like film.

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