The Circle

The Circle

DVD - 2017
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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. 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.
Publisher: [California] : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2017.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.),sound, color ;,12 cm.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 25, 2018

This film represents what occurs when technology meets social media in a science fiction fashion. Mae Holland, is a young woman who volunteers to be apart of a technological study where each of her actions begin to have devastating results and impact the lives of those who she cares most about. The character is played by Emma Watson who typically delivers excellent performances, however, this film is one of her worse performances. Although the premise of the movie is rather interesting, it is still lackluster. I would rate this movie 3/5 stars and recommend it to those who are willing to give it a chance and keep an open mind. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Circle, featuring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, was an empowering and thrilling movie to watch. The whole movie focuses on the importance of privacy and how technology might evolve to be. If we looked back 10 years from now, we would probably say, "They got it right. This is happening." But the only downside to the movie, in my perspective, is that the ending of the story moved too fast. Mae (Emma Watson) becomes the company's spokesperson too quickly and the ending felt rushed. One second, Mae is the newest member of the company and is living a "simple" life. Then, BAM! She becomes the company's spokesperson and is known worldwide. Even though that is how social media works these days, the entire second half of the movie felt rushed. The plot was good, the actors were amazing, the entire storyline was great. I would probably rewatch this movie in a couple of years, and realize that the movies were already "predicting" the future. Rating 4/5.
@EMBookWorm14 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

The Circle is a 2017 drama/science fiction movie starring Emma Watson, and Tom Hanks, based on the book by the same name. When Mae Holland gets a job at the circle, one of the most powerful companies in the world, she couldn't be more excited. It's not until Mae realizes the company's true intensions that she realizes the company might not have her best interests at heart. A star studded cast? Check. Now all this movie needs is a good script. The premise of the movie seems interesting enough, but there is nothing added from hearing the premise or even watching the trailer. Watching the movie, it becomes fairly obvious that it's based on a book. Scenes (including the ending) were left unexplained, and rushed. Very disappointing. 2 Stars
- @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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spiritchild
Jul 14, 2018

I am sure a number of 'watchers' may have found this boring and 'stupid' but if you look at the way the internet has changed the world and there are more and more 'Internet of Things', this literally is leading into that direction. Are there not places now where you are watched? Are there not people 'following' others around because they feel those people have more interesting lives? This is an idealist view, but humans have a tendency to never be 'stable' those that push for openness in many instances also 'hide'. Thinking of 'clean the swamp' Take out all the alligators and replace them with crocodiles :)

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chaliser
Jun 27, 2018

Admittedly, the acting quality was not as important as the content, and all seemed more than sufficient for that. I thought the movie itself was more than worth my time.

The Circle ~ As idealistic As it comes, per the best intentions and purposes noted, albeit exposed hypocrisies. AND the later, as goes the multi-varied learning processes of humans, have always come to bear on the former. Including for all the potential of nuclear energy and military influence in governments- per the warnings of such great leaders as Einstein and Eisenhower. Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to so often rely on 20/20 hindsight, given all the pain and loss that precedes it, in order to develop ways and means to true progress. Including for true social and political transparency, as we've learned from Facebook that transparency in social interaction can be used and abused.

If we can't get our political leaders to attain and maintain it, then can we trust those who would actually manage the systems that facilitate transparency, to work justly and honorably for social interaction? IMO - we can attain all that, incrementally over a LONG period of time, as we also elect leadership to maintain good example. Over a V-E-R-Y long period of time, that is, and IF enough of us *understand* that it likely requires the constant and consistent persistence of faith, observation, and socio-political action, through three or four generations of a growing and eventually significant proportion of societies. And doing that with continuing encouragement of self-empowerment for that and necessary complementary purposes. EG: Fulfilling a virtual requirement for personal growth (certainly psycho-emotionally, almost certainly intellectually) on a grand scale, to say the least.

"Anything is possible"? Yes, by certain individuals in accordance with understandings of such as the above, perhaps. But by large segments of society? ANY thing? I would repeat the "We Can" cheer, but we've never before has there been such a movement free from attack by significant forces for the purpose of disillusionment, if not destruction. Nor have we seen a significant movement of near whole societies encouraging its adherents to self-empowerment over -what, more than a decade or so(?)- unless for monetary and/or militarist purposes. How many people how fast can we teach that personal growth on a large scale translates to monetary progress, if not also a likely eradication of need for a military? I know, sounds like the ole' 60's "Human Potential" movement, more dreamy idealism, thence BS.

So I'll just end by paraphrasing the quotes of a few leaders: Only a group of committed individuals can make a worthy difference for society - first within themselves, then with others - but ONLY As they ALSO simultaneously increasingly do the same, WITH others... But you already knew that (sans the redundancy), right? [ref4Src: "PolyPsyArts, Citizen Healing"]

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Doublena
Apr 30, 2018

Bad acting overall. Pushed ourselves to watch this through to the end. Boring movie.

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susancp61
Apr 26, 2018

Boring.

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duane767
Apr 24, 2018

I thought it was interesting, thought Emma Watson did a fine job, thought that it was good to see Nebula outside of costume, and thought it was a fair way to spend an hour and forty minutes.

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rasha1784
Apr 18, 2018

Like many near-future tech movies / tv shows, this one is unlikely to happen exactly, but brings up excellent points about censorship, transparency, privacy, safety, and other ethical problems that arise with the way our world is headed.

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goalie33_0
Mar 31, 2018

Absolutely terribly boring!

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ralwal
Mar 20, 2018

I watched over half to see where it was going. Got bored and didn’t really care, so quit.

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LauraSteinert
Mar 03, 2018

Watson's acting bad; Hanks' acting good. Surprise twist at the end makes up for the screenwriter's choice to edit out the cultural critique of Amazon shopping the book includes. (The book is a must read tho dull in spots.) I don't know how some reviewers got the impression that this is an action movie It is psychological drama/pre-apocalypse warning.

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Only 3 mundane quotes in IMDb now. Here are a few more:
We're not gonna become Amish, Mom. I... When someone dies in a plane crash, you don't abandon planes, you make them safer.
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Secrets are what make crimes possible. We behave worse when we're not accountable. I was my worst self because I didn't think anyone was watching.
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The Party Rank:
This is what participation is all about, bringing you, lifting you up. Thus, your participation window. I can't believe you've been here this long without being on the main social feed. You're about to have your world rocked. ... Oh, forgot one more thing. This is your participation rank. Party rank for short. Some people here call it the popularity rank, but it's not really that.
It's just an algorithm-generated number that takes into account all your activity in the inner circle.

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Theme song Private Eyes performed by Lenachka lyrics:
Watching you
Watching you
I see you, you see me
Watch you blowin' the lines
When you're making a scene
Oh, girl, you've got to know
What my head overlooks
The senses will show to my heart
When it's watching for lies
You can't escape my
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They're watching your every move
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
I see you, you see me
I see you, you see me
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They're watching your every move
They're watching, you
They're watching you
They're watching you
Watching you
Watching you
They're watching
Watching you
Watching you
They're watching, you

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Lyrics to ending song Simple Gifts - Jónsi:

'Tis the gift to be simple
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
'Tis the gift to be simple
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Social peer Pressure:

I just haven't had time yet for extracurricular stuff.
-Wow. That's so interesting you put it that way. We actually see your profile
and the activity on it as integral to your participation here. This is how your coworkers, even the ones on the other side of campus, know who you are.
Communication certainly isn't extracurricular, right?
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It's all connected. But you've had a blip or two when it comes to meshing with the community, like your absence at several weekend or evening events. Which are, of course, optional.
- I'm sorry?
Let's start with this weekend. You left campus at 11:42 p.m. on Friday and got back 8:46 a.m., Monday.
-Was there work on the weekend?
Oh, no, no! I didn't... I'm sorry. Oh, so sweet. There wasn't mandatory work
on the weekend. This isn't like a clock in, clock out type place, thank God!
But, you know, there were thousands of people here participating in a hundred different activities. ...

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Aug 01, 2017

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