The Circle

The Circle

James Ponsoldt (2017)

12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Emma Watson embarks on a dream career at a pioneering tech firm in this simplistic parable for the social media age. "The Circle" is a stand-in for the likes of Apple, Facebook and Google, complete with a charismatic Steve Jobs-like CEO, played by Tom Hanks. It's the kind of company that looks swell to work for, but is more self-serving and dangerous than its benign image suggests. Watson's integration into the creepily inclusive company does suck you into the story, but her journey to becoming its poster girl and eventual whistle-blower is less convincing. Among a noteworthy supporting cast, John Boyega, Karen Gillan and Bill Paxton (in one of his final roles) have little to do, and there's precious little character shading to make Hanks a threatening villain. James Ponsoldt's film labours hard to illustrate the perils of sacrificing our privacy without due consideration, but its cautionary message is far from revelatory, while fans of the original dystopian novel by Dave Eggers are likely to baulk at the sanitised ending.

Cast & Crew

Mae Holland Emma Watson
Bailey Tom Hanks
Ty John Boyega
Mercer Ellar Salmon
Annie Karen Gillan
Vinnie Bill Paxton
Tom Stenton Patton Oswalt
Bonnie Glenne Headly
Renata Ellen Wong
Dr Villalobos Poorna Jagannathan
Dan Nathan Corddry
Director James Ponsoldt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.