The Circle

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Film review by Steve Duffy –

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.

Based on the 2013 novel by Dave Eggers’ The Circle is a thriller about how the new digital world that we now live in where our privacy may be going away. 

Hanks does an okay job as Eamon Bailey, the Steve Job like CEO of The Cirlce.

Watson plays the heroin with a heart of gold that never questions anything. Also, her American accent is unbalanced.

Mae’s father is played by the late Bill Paxton, in his final role. Although he is only in the film for a few minutes, he is the best part of the movie.

The supporting cast is great, unfortunately their characters are not interesting or strong.

The script is not as great as the novel. If you are looking to go to the movie this weekend, I would stick to something already out.

Rating:  PG-13 for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use

Runtime: 110 minutes


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