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The Circle (2017) Emma Watson, Tom Hanks

The Circle

2017 ‧ Science fiction film/Drama film ‧ 1h 50m

Mae Holland (Emma Watson) seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world’s most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company’s founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity.

  • Rating: PG-13 (for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use)
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
  • Directed By: James Ponsoldt
  • Written By: James Ponsoldt, Dave Eggers
  • In Theaters: April 28, 2017 (USA)
  • Studio: EuropaCorp / STXfilms

See Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in the provocative new thriller THE CIRCLE

Image from The Circle

Be careful who you trust.

The only thing he can’t control is her.

He created it, but good ideas are dangerous in the wrong hands.

The Circle is a gripping modern thriller starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”), Tom Hanks (“Sully”) and John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), 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.

‘The Circle’ imagines a world of deadly social media

“The Circle,” based on Dave Eggers’ acclaimed 2013 novel, is the latest film to portray the “evils” of giant tech corporations. Emma Watson stars as Mae, a recent college graduate who lands a job at the a high tech company called The Circle.

Part Google, part Apple and part Facebook, The Circle quickly becomes Mae’s home as she rises through the ranks and is swallowed up in the company’s groupthink. Co-founder Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks, phoning it in from his first line) reveals new technological advancements each week, including invisible cameras that can be placed anywhere and an algorithm that can find anyone, anywhere. Why? Because, as Eamon wills Mae to believe, “secrets are lies.” Meanwhile, Mae’s childhood friend Mercer (Ellar Coltrane) grows distrustful of her reliance on the digital world, and a mysterious “Circler” (John Boyega) expresses resistance to the company’s goals.

As a book, David Eggers’ The Circle was a flimsy attack against modern technology culture with occasional bits of insight. As a film, though, it’s so disjointed, ridiculous and dull that even Tom Hanks can’t save it. Sure, it didn’t really have much of … Engadget 
Critic reviews
Emma Watson has to spend way too much time looking concerned while staring at various screens.Full review

Glenn Kenny
The NYTimes
A solid telling that spans several fascinating periods of 20th century life. Full review

Ian Freer
Empire

The Circle (2017) – Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 16% – ‎55 reviews

Critics Consensus: The Circleassembles an impressive cast, but this digitally driven thriller spins aimlessly in its half-hearted exploration of timely themes.

The Circle (2017 film) – Wikipedia

The Circle is a 2017 American techno-thriller film directed by James Ponsoldt and written by …. Themovie is smarter and creepier than that; it’s a cautionary tale for the age of social-media witch hunts and compulsive oversharing. The fascist …

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Cast

Emma Watson
Mae Holland

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Tom Hanks
Eamon Bailey
John Boyega
Ty
Karen Gillan
Annie
Patton Oswalt
Tom Stenton

Emma Watson’s Collectible Candid Photos

The Circle review – Emma Watson and Tom Hanks face off in empty …

Rating: 2 – ‎Review by Benjamin Lee
The Harry Potter alumna missteps after the $1bn success of Beauty and the Beast with a Dave Eggers adaptation that swaps initial intrigue with …

The Circle Review – IGN

Rating: 6/10 – ‎Review by Alex Welch
Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, and Patton Oswalt star in this tech thriller.

The Circle (2017) – Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 17% – ‎58 reviews

Critics Consensus: The Circle assembles an impressive cast, but this digitally driven thriller spins aimlessly in its … Match the Tom Hanks Movie Review Quotes!

The Circle review: a toothless, bland satire of a Google fantasy …

One of the most fundamental problems with Dave Eggers’ future-thriller novel The Circle is that its protagonist, Mae Holland, is a cipher.

The Circle Movie Review & Film Summary (2017) | Roger Ebert

Rating: 1.5/4 – ‎Review by Matt Zoller Seitz

The highlight of “The Circle” is producer-costar Tom Hanks’ performance as the CEO of the titular company, a Google- or Apple-styled high-tech …

‘The Circle’ Review: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson in a Dave Eggers …

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Circle‘. Chief Film Critic … “The Circle” is a swankly sinister little mind teaser of a thriller. It’s a nightmare vision of …

Review: In ‘The Circle,’ Click Here if You Think You’re Being Watched …

Movie Review: ‘The Circle‘. The Times critic Glenn Kenny reviews “The Circle.” By MEG FELLING and ROBIN LINDSAY on Publish Date April …

The Circle by Dave Eggers — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

Rating: 3.5 – ‎108,519 votes
A Review of Dave Eggers’ The Circle by Google Transparency is… Surveillance is… Society is… Kayaking is… Cults are… Everything in moderation, including.

Review: In ‘The Circle,’ Click Here if You Think You’re Being Watched …

Tom Hanks plays a Steve Jobs-like visionary in the movie. Credit STX Entertainment. So credit “The Circle” with ambition, at least. This film …

‘The Circle’: A movie review for the tech literate – CNET

Is Tom Hanks playing Zuck, @jack or Jobs? “The Circle” serves as a cautionary tale for mainstream audiences but probably won’t surprise the …

The Circle: A Complete Fiasco of a Movie | New Republic

The Circle is a big honking sloppy mess of a movie, one that flops around so aimlessly that it’s baffling so many intelligent people had a hand in …

The Circle Movie – Home | Facebook

The Circle Movie. 57977 likes · 53411 talking about this. Knowing is good. Knowing everything is better. Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in The Circle -…

Watson, Hanks ponder ‘The Circle”s topical message

The Circle Movie Review & Film Summary (2017) | Roger Ebert

Rating: 1.5/4 – ‎Review by Matt Zoller Seitz
 The highlight of “The Circle” is producer-costar Tom Hanks’ performance as the CEO of the titular company, a Google- or Apple-styled high-tech …

Review: In ‘The Circle,’ Click Here if You Think You’re Being Watched …

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in this adaptation of a Dave Eggers novel that explores surveillance-state threats.

Film Review: The Circle | Consequence of Sound

Film Review: The Circle. A warning about the fully-connected future that largely misses its marks. by Dominick Suzanne-Mayer. on April 28 …

‘The Circle’ Review: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson in a Dave Eggers …

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Circle‘. Chief Film Critic … “The Circle” is a swankly sinister little mind teaser of a thriller. It’s a nightmare vision of …

The Circle by Dave Eggers — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

Rating: 3.5 – ‎108,519 votes
A Review of Dave Eggers’ The Circle by Google Transparency is… Surveillance is… Society is… Kayaking is… Cults are… Everything in moderation, including.

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