This is going to be less of a review and more of a commentary about the film The Circle. Apparently, the Consensus is that the premise and execution of this movie are ridiculous because people would never be stupid enough to surrender their privacy to make this film in any way believable….really?
Now if you take this movie at face value, yes. The idea that someone would agree to have a corporation monitor and record every aspect of their life down to recording every step they take and keeping their live vital information is absurd. But the people who believe that there is no way people would ever be stupid enough to do this in real life are the same ones asking their Amazon Echo how to use Facebook Live to Livestream themselves with their Steve Jobs Phone that they camped out for 3 weeks to get.
The Program in the film named SeeChange is a small camera that can be used to monitor people and follow them in real-time whether they know it or not. All of the information collected from these devices is taken by a corporation to use at their will while the citizens use their version of social media to connect and compete with one another.
I believe this film is closer to reality than people would like to admit. I mean all the ideas that are presented in this film as crazy invasions of privacy have already been proposed in real life. We have seen what happens when Silicon Valley cozies with Washington D.C. and debate how their platforms can be to the benefits of the people…or to the benefit of Government when we are talking about the Zuckerbergs and Pages of the world.
The Circle magnifies the reality of government overreach working with Mega Corporations to control the everyday life of citizens and how we blindly allow it to happen. As much as some people might see this as a condescending look at Millennials in 2017, are the extremes that much different from reality? The truth is, If President Trump or before him, President Obama made a case that people should be required to vote using a certain technology they told them was for the benefit of people, you would have at least 60 Million that will convince themselves after watching hours of Fox News or MSNBC that this is a good idea that needs to be implemented across the country.
Have we seen this movie before? Yes, many times over. Have we learned that lesson? That’s debatable. The ending of this film is melodramatic and pretty ridiculous. The Circle or as I’m going to call them…Google Plus…decides to create a citizen task force to hunt down criminals in real-time and even normal citizens.
They hunt the main character’s friend and drive him off a bridge to his death. This, of course, is silly and forced as this company would have been shut down faster than you can say ‘Why is Patton Oswalt even in the movie?” but again, the extremely satirical reality is the theme here. The worse thing about this film honestly is this is the last film performance of Bill Paxton and we see him as a nearly crippled man struggling with MS, not the way we would like to remember him.
The Circle misses the mark of being a good film with a name cast that I am not very impressed with outside of John Boyega and Karen Gillan who the film just forgets is even in the film after about 30 minutes. I’ve seen much better movies on this topic, but if you think this film isn’t realistic in the era of Instagram, Snapchat, Alexa, and WorldStarHipHop…you may want to take a closer look at current events…it may scare the crap out of you.
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7 thoughts on “The Circle (2017) Review: A Terrible Film That Mirrors Our Terrible Reality”
Disappointed that the reviews have been quite so negative. The book really got under my skin and I agree that it’s actually very frightening believable that people would so willingly give themselves up to technology. I found the total surveillance idea a little harder to swallow, particularly in an American setting, but still ominous. I’ll see the film when it reaches the UK and review it then, but my expectations have certainly been lowered
The ending pissed me off so much. You literally lost your friend because of public pressure and what do you do? You expose the e-mails and texts of two of the corporation’s leaders and then keep going on with the system they made. That whole “Drinking the kool-aid” comment that Ty said wasn’t lost on me. For whatever Emma Watson’s character was named drank the whole picture and was just mad the person who was serving it didn’t add enough sugar.
They didn’t even bother to say want the e-mails said. That she exposed some super illegal activity via WikiLeaks or was it a bunch of nothingburgers.
I thought they noted that is proved they blackmailed that senator, or rather took her down themselves.
That aside, I find it interesting that the company was able to push ahead after that and their all seeing eye movement was allowed to continue. I mean, the proof of the corruption was made public and accessible.
Was it just, at that point, their systems were too integrated with the various government to reverse things?