There’s a fine cast in James Ponsoldt’s sci-fi film The Circle, which he adapted from the 2013 novel by Dave Eggers. Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, and Bill Paxton are the players in this intriguing film from the director of The Spectacular Now.
There’s bound to be many parallels drawn to real life in the near-future tale of when technology goes bad. Here’s what’s what.
The Circle Movie Synopsis
A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man.
There’s not much to go one, but the trailer ushers us into a world uncomfortably close close to our own. In the land of the blind, the one eyed Tech is king and the dangers of the trust we place in the technology we surround ourselves with are writ large in what we see below.
Coming off the tail end of the Black Mirror explosion we can see a trend forming. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina did wonders with a cautionary tale of the future of A.I. This year’s Morgan did the same, though less successfully, and the critical acclaim of HBO’s Westworld is testament to our ongoing obsession with the devices and desires of today’s world.
Emma Watson is our eager audience surrogate Mae Holland and it is through her eyes we enter the world of The Circle. The technology so ubiquitous in our own world is mirrored in the brave new one. Drones, electronic organ replacement and the paranoia that comes with it.
Tom Hanks is Bailey, one of the Steve Jobs-esque high up in the mysterious new company. The trailer sets us up to imagine Hanks is cast against type, with the machinations of the global company being somewhat less that philanthropic. Time will tell how closely the film has been adapted from Eggers’ novel, but the set up is an engaging one.
The Circle is released on the 28th of April 2017 in the US, there’s no UK date yet but we’re hopeful to have one soon.