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The Circle (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 28 April 2017 (USA)
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A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.

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Mae
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Vinnie
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Beck
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Dan
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Roger Joseph Manning Jr. ...
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Joey Waronker ...
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Michael Shuman ...
Beck Bandmate
Nick Valensi ...
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Storyline

When Mae is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes, begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

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Knowing is good. Knowing everything is better. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 April 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melinda's Song  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,034,148 (USA) (28 April 2017)

Gross:

$20,476,391 (USA) (2 June 2017)
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Trivia

This is the first time Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton have worked together since Apollo 13 (1995). See more »

Goofs

One of the messages Mae receives says that no-one in The Circle has children, yet Bailey refers to his disabled son during one of his talks to the staff. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mae: Hello.
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Crazy Credits

A dedication to Bill Paxton at the closing credits which reads: "For Bill". See more »

Connections

References Soylent Green (1973) See more »

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Something Old, Something New
Written & Performed by Lonnie Russ
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Terrible. Just plain awful.
13 May 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Saw this movie yesterday, left very disappointed. I read some of the reviews so I wasn't expecting too much, but it was even worse than I had thought it would be. The writing was utterly terrible, the plot was poorly done, and even the acting was only decent, a surprising result considering the well-known cast. The overall concept of The Circle initially sounds interesting, but when explored in depth and presented through the film, multiple flaws can be found and at times, it almost seems "stupid". As the movie progresses, the main character's choices and actions seem contradictory to how she was introduced, and it becomes hard for the audience to relate to her and put themselves in her shoes. By the end of the movie, it became quite clear that The Circle had hoped to offer some profound social commentary on technology and human behaviour, but ultimately failed to do so by creating such a predictable and "cheesy" film. The dialogue was almost laughable at times, and there wasn't a single character that felt complex or real. While somewhat entertaining due to the futuristic depictions of technology and fast-paced plot, The Circle offers little more than that. Rather than provoke discussion or any deep thoughts after viewing, it leaves you with a large sense of disappointment and dissatisfaction with the way in which the writing and the story were carried out, as well as frustration with the immense amount of plot holes and motive flaws. Overall, The Circle tries to make a name for itself amongst the many "dangers of technology" movies, but as always, lazy writing and a poor and predictable plot can only lead to the disappointing result it ends up being. See The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 instead. Anything else.


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