Based on the 2013 science fiction novel “The Circle” by Dave Eggers, the story takes place in the not-so-distant future of America with the location and date not specified in the movie. The story is about a woman named Mae Holland (played by Emma Watson) who gets a job at the most technologically advanced social media company in the world called The Circle.
It’s a company bent on a massive experiment on the human race by watching everyone’s moves to find a way to better society as a whole and have everyone be encouraged to work better and commit fewer crimes.
The movie revolves around the change in Mae and the impact she’s having on her family and friends, as well as her impact on the world as she starts influencing the company. The acting was well done, as every character was different and portrayed flawlessly, and the only CGI used is to display the social media technology as well as some artistic aspects such as displaying people’s comments floating in the air around the main character to show the response people can give to someone giving away their privacy.
The movie does have it’s meaningful moments, such as just how much of an impact it is to lose one’s privacy, and shows that one’s privacy may get overwhelmed if one has too many “friends” who would keep demanding and peer pressuring others into being part of a “friendly community.” One example would be Mae’s friend, whom at first, starts off busy but is still normal and healthy, until the company starts eating away at her and she breaks down from stress. Not only that, but emotional conflict also arises when she sees Mae, who has been openly accepting the company and actively expanding it.
However, these moments that the movie does right are rare; the vast majority of the movie consists of: looking at computer screens, talking, and a tiny bit of action.The ending was a major letdown. For the sake of preventing spoilers, just think of a story that was leading up to a moral lesson and then completely throws it away at the last second and gives an ending that made the entire story feel completely pointless.
Nearly every single review gave a less-than-subpar rating for the movie. Rotten Tomatoes rates it 17 percent, Metacritic rates it 4.8/10, and an average of 30 different critics in Cinemascore gives a grade of a D+ at best. I personally give it a C-, as the context was personally interesting to me and the characters are all different and were played perfectly and all interact in an interesting manner. But the vast majority of the movie is average at best, with a disappointing ending.