The Circle (2017)

Directed by James Ponsoldt

Starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Karen Gillian, Bill Paxton, Glenne Headly

I wanted to see this film when it was released but for some reason, I did not get to it. Today felt like a good day to see it.

The story is about Mae and how she lands a job in The Circle. At first, is a dream job and it even helps her father who has multiple sclerosis. But slowly she begins to see something not right within the Circle.

I will say this, I think the film touches on some interest points and I will share my thoughts on it later. But first about the film itself. It was not a bad film but I expected something different. The suspense and the conflict came so near to the end and even though the film is interesting I think it could have been better. Mae kept falling deeper into The Circle instead of questioning everything as she started. Her friend becomes a skeptic before her and I do understand how we are capable of falling under the spell of leaders and ideas si I know the film went into a real possible outcome in that regard. Eamon Bailey as a villain failed because he never uses his power against Mae or anyone.

The first thing I believe this film tries to say is the effect of technology is being used to connect everyone but at the same time, it keeps us from really being with people. Mae and Mercer were friends but when Mae only relied only on technology the friendship fell apart. I believe in technology but how far will it takes us. The Circle wanted to see everything, to have no private life for anyone. They used good intentions to hide a bigger evil.

Tom Hanks is great in his performance even though the character could have been made stronger. Emma Watson was also good but as a lead character it was hard to sympathize with her, her friend Annie played by Karen Guillan was more likable to me. The performances were good I think this film needed to be longer for the characters to reach their potential.

It was not a bad film and I am glad I saw it. It made me want to call a friend instead of always texting or using Facebook.

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