On Tuesday, I went to see The Circle with a couple of friends. The Circle is a movie that I really heard a little about prior to finding out that I was going. A part of the reason, I think, is that The Circle isn’t as big of a deal as some of the other movies that have premiered thus far this year. Plus, the leading lady – Emma Watson – had a huge movie release in March.
Yet, the few times I saw a few ads for the movie, the main draw was both Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. Yet, this isn’t shocking because the production budget was $18 million. From previous movies that I have watched, the lower the budget, the wow factor typically comes in the form of one or two main cast members. (Fair warning, from here on out, there will be some spoilers.)
The movie centers around Watson’s character Mae, a recent college graduate armed with an art history degree. Mae has a connection, Annie (Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan), at a major social media network: the Circle. Mae works as a customer service representative and is encouraged to go the extra mile to ensure that customers are happy with the services.
Since the Circle wasn’t happy with Mae’s lack on participating with other employees and what not, the Circle entices better health insurance for her parents since her father has multiple sclerosis. After this, Mae is willing to go all of the way for the Circle to the point that Mae is willing to let the Circle stream her day-to-day activity.
As time and the movie progresses, the Circle’s constant streaming ultimate leads to Mae’s love interest Mercer’s (Boyhood‘s Ellar Coltrane) death. This leads to Mae questioning the Circle’s motives. Within the last moments of the movie, Mae ends up forcing Bailey’s (Hanks) hand and gets everyone willing to essentially live stream their lives.
Beyond the appeal of seeing Watson in another film this year, the movie wasn’t stellar. The movie was an interesting critic on how society is willing to share their lives on social media. Not to mention that the use of drones, cell phones, and other recording devices.
Since I haven’t read the book that this movie is based off of, I’d imagine that there are details that I am missing out on. After all, movies have a tendency of not being able to trasfer all of the details.
But one thing that one of my friends brought up after the movie was how we never found out what was in the in the emails that Mae was able to get released. Personally, I think that the emails had a bit to do with the Anti-Trust laws and other legal work that Annie was working on early on in the film.
For anyone that isn’t familiar with anti-trust laws, the basic rundown of anti-trust laws is that they are set up to ensure that one company doesn’t control the market for a particular product or service. In the case of this movie – and I am presuming in the book – the Circle is probably in violation of anti-trust laws or pretty close to since the government is looking into the company and that seems to have mysteriously disappeared. I would imagine that a part of the reason why we don’t hear anything about the investigation really. So I’d imagine that there is a coverup or a buy off or something.