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Running Time:
1 hr. 50 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
With an impressive cast, this digitally driven thriller has a deliberate pace that pays gripping dividends with a tautly told post-apocalyptic drama offering some uniquely thought-provoking twists.

Additional Info:
CAST:
Tom Hanks ... Bailey
Emma Watson ... Mae
Ellar Coltrane ... Mercer
Glenne Headly ... Bonnie Holland
Bill Paxton ... Vinnie
Karen Gillan ... Annie
Beck ... Beck
Nate Corddry ... Dan
Mamoudou Athie ... Jared



The Circle
Not everyone is going to like you. That is a lesson today's society could stand to appreciate a little more if not learn, but that doesn't mean that's going to stop people from trying. Wanting to be liked isn't inherently a bad thing, but when we depend on "Likes" to sustain our own sense of self-worth, when we're living off "Likes" there could certainly be one or two issues pop up. When we live through the persona we've created online and reach a point we can't identify our true selves then what people like isn't actually the individual anymore anyway, so where do we draw the line? How can this age of transparency be utilized in positive ways rather than resorting to fake or devious methods to again try and prove that some lives are more valuable or more special than others?
 
In The Circle, Emma Watson plays a young, presumably middle glass girl in her early twenties who goes to work for a tech company a la Google called The Circle and essentially becomes their poster child for transparency. Submitting herself to the line of thinking that she can only be her best self when she knows people are watching her; that to leave her to her own devices would mean that she would develop and keep secrets and to harbor secrets is to have something to lie about to the world. Sound slightly cult-ish? It's supposed to, but while the tech company that is The Circle clearly has ulterior motives for their extreme invasions of privacy that they so lovingly convey as being concerns for the greater good of mankind The Circle the movie doesn't seem as clear on what its motives or meanings are supposed to be.
 
On one hand there is certainly an analogy at play for the world as presented in the film when compared to that of the social media-driven culture we're all currently a part of, but while Facebook can still plead connection and bringing people together as their main objective it is so blatantly obvious that The Circle seeks world domination that it's past the point of believable someone hasn't called them on their bluff already. Furthermore, the film builds in a fashion where the audience is led to believe there is going to be a major twist, a serious maneuver of innovation over intelligence, a battle of wits for the ages, but when such metaphoric beans come to be spilled there is hardly any cohesion to the point our protagonist makes. Emma Watson as Mae Holland uses The Circle's tools against its nefarious leaders, but she has no point, no position, and all we're left with is a clouded message of a movie that goes nowhere.






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