The Circle Movie Review:
In this stark, spellbinding reality check of a psychological thriller, one can only be entranced at the relevance of the parallels between our world and the fictional tottering social rights movements, current technology, and the political “progressive assault” that is rampant within this film. And yet, if we are keen to our surroundings, we here in reality numero uno are witnessing the pitfalls of our legislation as well as our wayward human rights activism and what’s airing in our mainstream media(msm) outlets. In the movie “The Circle”, we engage in the intricate story of Mae Holland (Emma Watson) and her personal struggle to find a fulfilling purpose in the modern world that morally and ethically resonates with this young and aspiring member of society (sound familiar?). Stuck in an undesirable desk job, answering phones for a water company that hounds customers for every last penny, Mae is on a collision course with despair when an old friend enters back into her life. As a corporate protege and dominant personality, Mae’s (Emma Watson) ol’ college friend Anna, scores Mae a job opportunity with the most prolific new rapidly emerging tech company the world has ever seen. In this Utopian community called “the Circle”, workers are dislocated away from the outside world to form what can be attributed to a modern day technological metropolis with all it’s wonderful new amenities and conveniences that man has ever witnessed. Within these net neutralized “see through” borders that The Circle has established, the foundations of this bastion society are owed to the self proclaimed principals of sharing, connectivity, transparency, and social media to maintain what is the semblance of autonomy. While this exciting, fun lifestyle is a godsend in contrast to her bleak, uninspired life at home with mom and dad, Emma’s character is swept away in this euphoric landscape of the Circle, and while engaging in a social event one night comes across a mysterious young suitor who elicits a great romantic interest that plunges her deeper into her emotional faculties. All the while making steady progress in her customer service position at the circle, Mae intermittently is challenged along her many social encounters with profound signals and lessons about her feelings regarding the promising new company and their ethical code of conduct. Despite these indications from her counter intuitive feelings, Emma’s character finds herself misguided by her inner intelligence and plummets into a life threatening scenario where her own suspicious employer’s technologically advanced product, ends up providing the resources for her endangered life to be rescued in a time of emergency and distress.
Feeling ashamed and embarrassed by her own reckless actions, Mae is frightened of losing her once in a lifetime career opportunity with the most popular company in the world for opposing federal law. Instead, CEO of “The Circle”(Tom Hanks) offers Emma’s character an opportunity to become a sort of spokesperson for the very product that saved her life. This revolutionary new camera that is almost microscopic in size, streams in crystal clear picture, can be applied to any surface, and is connected to a satellite broadcast so that any ol’ person with an internet connection can experience precisely what you are experiencing at any given time. Think of it as a kind of a super go-pro camera on steroids. On the premise of a unified, safe, and transparent society, the ground breaking new camera entitled: “see change” is a monumental hit and millions of people all over the world march lockstep with the new rapid developments of this trailblazing company and it’s product, as well as it’s cunning agenda. Meanwhile a savvy insider of the company, Ty intentionally uncovers a company secret to Mae of a dark social engineering plot to fool the masses by attaining approval and momentum behind a seemingly righteous political and technological movement. By garnering popular demand of a this political gesture, it would implicate the complete upheaval of the entire cultural infrastructure and would further project the megalithic corporation’s vision of a “unified” Utopian society where nothing can be hidden. While this diabolical plan gains traction with the popular opinion, supported underneath the hearts and minds of the emerging new generation, Emma’s character who has accomplished global celebrity, finds herself in a public dispute with her family friend and ex-lover over the brave and righteous will of the consensus. Birthing a new conviction for the mob mentality in opposition to the established heretical figurehead and what he represents. Next, Emma’s character ramps up her commitment and rises to the upper echelons of the corporate Circle and garners millions of live streaming viewers to experience her 24/7 transparency experiment and joins her in her everyday life, participating in corporate board meetings, family matters, and social outings as she rises to the precipice of social icon and cultural phenomenon. Meanwhile Mae challenging and dismissing the ominous warning signals of the astute double agent, Ty Gospodinov (John Boyega), and his profound claims of the undermining and hidden agendas that “The Circle” keeps underwraps. Will Emma’s character trust the riddled entrepreneur or will she find confidence in the spotlight of her adoring fans?
PLEASE WATCH THIS FILM!
I feel this movie conveys a chilling message of awareness and balance that is paramount when encountering personal and societal narratives. And when faced with the implications of one’s actions and intent, one should inherently consider what their actions may have on a collective scale. The events that transpire in this movie are strikingly similar if not identical to the reality that is unfolding in real time. The information and disinformation that is bombarding our social, political, cultural, and private spheres of our individual lives are shaping our thought processes and influencing our every decision. Look at commercials for instance. Their essential purpose is to influence you to purchase, engage, or react to a particular service, product or movement. Your role as a single human being and our role as a collective species and consciousness needs to reflect, contemplate, and decide what it is that is appropriate for ourselves and as a civilization that is on the brink of an intelligence breakthrough. Whether it is the artificial type, the extra-terra-astral type, or of it is a breakthrough of subtle intelligence within ourselves and our bodies (emotional, feelings, intuition). With every choice we make, we are directly interfacing with a vibratory resonance, or energy, and we are responsible for our every action and reaction in this unified UNIversal mainframe.