The Circle Reviews
The entire movie is just characters making dumb decisions. The movie starts out as a cautionary tale about mass surveillance. The movie even talks about the difference between security and mass surveillance, but when everyone in the movie seems to be okay with invasion of privacy, the message gets lost and it becomes unclear whether the movie is for or against mass surveillance.
Characters come up with absurd ideas for new technology and everyone accepts it without question. One of the characters was working on a technology that can reduce kidnapping, rape, and murder of children by 99%. Of course, that would be a good thing, but placing "chips in the bone" is obviously not a good idea.
In the movie, Tom Hanks plays the co-founder of a technology company called The Circle. He's promoting a new technology that's marketed as a revolutionary way of sharing, a ping-pong ball sized camera that provides real time video and he plans to install these cameras everywhere. The Circle is a movie that makes the audience feel smart because everyone in the movie is so oblivious to the fact that this new technology would lead to mass surveillance and invasion of privacy.
At first, Emma Watson's character seems to be the hope of humanity, as everyone willingly gives up every ounce of privacy and freedom that they had to social media. But she quickly takes the side of corporate and becomes "transparent", even though she seemed more aware of the intent of The Circle. This makes her character increasingly hard to root for, especially when an incident in the third act was due to her negligence.
The movie is well-made on a technical level, with serviceable acting and decent cinematography. Of course, for a movie about the future of technology, you wouldn't expect the movie to be anything less than sleek and stylish. But as a cautionary tale, it's boring, ineffective, and mostly dumb.
One of the main characters is Mae Holland, a girl that works in The Circle, a company that focuses on technology and social media, the acting of Emma Watson is great, she takes you in the movie and make you feel what she lives and sometimes you can hate her.
The length of the movie is good because sometimes it could be a little tired the script, because of some scenes that are repetitive and if the duration were more it could be fatal.
I thought this was a fairly decent film and it was good to see Tom Hanks in a different kind of role to his usual films. I think the film got it spot on in regards to how these big companies work and see the world, running their business interests and staff almost like a cult. The story seemed to me like the kind of story you would expect from the Black Mirror Universe, which is a good thing, I love these stories about how we live our lives now and how this could evolve into something a whole lot more sinister in the future.
In the end, I don't think this book was movie material at all and probably would have been better off made into a miniseries.