THE CIRCLE REVIEW

After landing a job at the worlds biggest tech company-The Circle, Mae Holland has all her morals and ethics tested when her friends and family start to become affected as well.

This updated version of 1984 is a corporate drama which shows the frightening nightmare about what our world is becoming-being entirely public about everything. We’re already over halfway there with social media, but this story takes it one step further.

There’s several reasons why The Circle could have become successful. Firstly, it has an excellent cast with Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega and Karen Gillan. Secondly, the basic story line sounds intriguing-what would the world be like with no privacy? It may not sound like a positive aspect about our lives, but that’s already happening. With Instagram and Snapchat we’ve all become stalkers and now Snapchat even has a setting where you can see where everyone is. The Circle, is only really the slightest bit exaggerated.

Throughout the films entirety, I was enjoying it. Despite the negative reviews I found it engaging. It made me think about our society and how much it was non-private. This review was close to being slightly more positive. Until it ended. From being a huge Hitchcock watcher, I do appreciate that films don’t always end in the way you expect them to. By the time the film ended, I was slightly confused. There were so many parts which didn’t make sense…

Firstly, Ty was irrelevant. I thought he would have been a significant part in some kind of plot of major scene, but his whole role was underwhelming. Secondly, when Mae first went onto the stage, it sounded extremely rehearsed. Was it? I thought we would have found out, but then again, all of them sounded wooden when they spoke like they had rehearsed it. Thirdly, when Mae gave Eamon that camera so he could go transparent. At the time, it seemed she was doing it because she had another agenda. Maybe she wanted to expose him? By the end though, it seemed she had done it because she thought it was a genuinely good idea and being transparent was just a way of living. Personally, I thought that was going to be the climax.

I had trouble thinking of the genre at first. It seemed like a dystopian story at first. However, when that usually happens, the main character would realize at some point that what was happening in the world was wrong and they needed to change it (in the most black and white terms). Did Mae not realize the affects of no privacy when her friend died? Surely that would have been a turnover point and she would have changed her whole lifestyle, not be sucked into the tech world even more.

The overall plot was extremely disappointing. It felt as if the whole story was explaining the concept and hardly anything happened. It did show a couple of events that took place as a result of The Circle’s work, but the whole movie felt like an introduction. There was no plot twist that would shock the viewer or anything. In a drama/thriller like this I feel like there has to be a shocking turnover which changes everything you’ve thought the entire film. I’ll probably read the book so I can compare the two and it’ll be interesting to see the differences.

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