The Circle is the upcoming thriller based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dave Eggers that sees Emma Watson landing a dream job at a powerful technology firm that’s basically Apple / Google / Microsoft / Facebook / Twitter / Whatever all rolled into one and planning to change the world by connecting everyone and knowing everything.
And we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
The Circle is a thrilling modern morality tale starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega. As she rises through the ranks of the world’s largest tech and social media company, The Circle, Mae (Watson) is encouraged by company founder Eamon Bailey (Hanks) to live her life with complete transparency. But no one is really safe when everyone is watching.
I have mixed feelings about this trailer. On the one hand the movie does look good – it’s got an excellent cast, it’s definitely topical given the people’s concerns around privacy, data security and the invasive nature of technology, and has the making of a great thriller. I particularly like the way it portrays the firm as a technology cult with Tom Hank’s character as an older messianic figure, clearly inspired by Steve Jobs, preaching to his young audience.
And on the other hand I’ve seen too many movies based on the dangers of modern technology that rely too much on contrived “modern” technology, and I’m getting that feeling here.
What do you think?
The Circle is due for release in the US on 28 April 2017. Directed by James Ponsoldt, who also wrote the screenplay, it stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Bill Paxton, Patton Oswalt and Ellen Wong.
Last Updated: December 7, 2016