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The Circle - Written Movie Review


I'm reviewing the 2017 Drama/ Sci-fi film, The Circle, directed by James Ponsoldt, and stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Bill Paxton, Patton Oswalt, and Karen Gillian. Mae Holland (Emma Watson) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world's most powerful technological and social media company. Encouraged by the company's founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethnics, and personal freedom. Soon, her participation in the experiments start to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family, and that of humanity. Man, this film was a roller coaster and I mean that in a not so good way. The film starts out boring, then it actually gets kind of interesting for awhile, and then we get probably the worst third-acts I've seen all year. I enjoyed the performance from Tom Hanks, but everyone else in this film was either terrible, pointless, or forgettable. I don't get John Boyega's purpose in this film at all. It's probably because he had no purpose or the fact that he's in this film a total of 7 minutes, though he plays a character that kind of created the idea of the circle. Emma Watson couldn't do an American accent if it was to save her life. Her British accent slips out almost every other line and you can see her facial expressions trying desperately in holding her accent in. It looks like she was constipated when she did that. It was nice to see Bill Paxton play her father, whom has Multiple Sclerosis. Unfortunately, he serves no purpose in his film whatsoever. If I remember correctly, the trailers were trying to make it like he does serve some purpose to the plot because she joins this company in trying to save her dad from his illness. The film's premise is actually pretty interesting; A company is trying to create technology where they can erase your personal freedoms, privacy, and watch every move you do with cameras. Tacking on the social media aspect, it kind of resembles the direction we are heading as people in real life. Unfortunately, that interesting concept is ruined by the third-act. We get to near the end that kind of resembles the middle of the film, where the protagonist is losing in every direction. Usually in a typical third-act script, we expect to see our protagonist doing some investigations and then you get to your final climax am I right? Not in this movie. IT ABRUPTLY ENDS WITH THE CREDITS! Its like this movie's missing a good 20 minutes towards the end. The run-time is long because we get a lot of rinse-and-repeat scenes where Emma Watson is working, goes to a company party, and watches John Boyega from a distance texting on his phone. This rinse-and- repeats three times! You take that away and guess what? You could do your last 20 minutes to finish the damn movie the right way! It has a great concept that had some good things going for it, but it sunk faster than the Titanic. I'm going to give The Circle a 4/10 . What were your thoughts on this film? Leave me a comment below and I'll see you on my next review.


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