The Circle

The Circle

DVD - 2017
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When Mae is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

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jwlzmath
Feb 18, 2018

I was expecting thrill, excitement, suspense. It seems like it was being built up, then nothing. As if the movie was just a story told be someone’s life instead of a madeup story. And the ending, “exposing” the two guys....... exposing what?!..... and then a bright light fills the screen. That’s it?!

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oktexchic
Feb 15, 2018

Could not waste the time to sit through it.

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Womanonfire
Jan 30, 2018

This movie was not as bad as I was led to believe by the critics. I found it very informative and believable about how social media outlets and technology in general can be both a good and a bad thing.

I wasn't impressed with the acting but that not why I watched the movie, I wanted a good storyline that toward the end of movie gave me something deep to think about and I got that after the movie finished.

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tonyalanjeffers
Jan 28, 2018

Privacy verus security. Though the conflict between the two we see in this movie may never reach the exaggerted level we see here; this is a very real issue that is already working itself out in the real world.
This movie gives the viewer a lot to think about. The above record is rather limited in information I just checked the reviews on the book and they are well done. From what I can tell without having read the book the movie seems to have followed the story of the book very closely so if you want to know more check-out the record of the book by Dave Eggers; also available from SPL.
Most of The Circle Employees seem to accept that everybody should know everything about them. It is like they have been seduced by a crazy religious cult.
Perhaps Tom Hanks' most villainous role.

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inagaddadonita
Jan 26, 2018

Ends suddenly and without a satisfactory resolution for all the suspense it built. The acting is good, but the story just lacks something. The main character doesn't actually learn anything or challenge anything that scares her about this social media-dominated world; in fact, she buys into the propaganda that social media makes us happier. She only changes who the doorkeepers for the information are; this seems stupid and counterproductive, which our main character has proven over and over she is not.

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Bookworm39
Jan 20, 2018

I Hope The World Never Comes To This, We Need Our Privacy Sometimes.

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ccielusn
Jan 16, 2018

Read the book instead.

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sdiblasio
Jan 13, 2018

The Circle is a classic example of how social engineering can use an on-line social program to create group think. Several movies were referenced: Manufactured Consent, Shadow Government and Soylent Green.

The dark database lurked beneath a face plate where input could be restricted access at the flip of a switch. A green substance consumed by the main character without much hesitation, contained sensors to track the subject via biometrics. A Phase IV Pharmaceutical trial was being tested with Adderall.

Several Patent Developments were prevalent throughout, from Google to a top executive who was a former US Government employee for defense related issues, Tommy Thompson of Verichips to the HHS and Hin Kai to the Army.

This reads as a Manifesto for a totalitarian regime. It attempts to create a new age belief that worships technology. This is the type of thing that keeps me in constant prayer!

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PearlyKayAm1
Dec 27, 2017

The suspense built, but didn't really go anywhere.

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BrandonBlanchard
Dec 18, 2017

Generally well made, and has a good cast. The implications are rather terrifying when you stop and think how much of this has already happened. On the other hand, it does feel a tad boring in places, and it does end on a rather sudden note, making you wonder where the last act of the movie is.

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Only 3 mundane quotes in IMDb now. Here are a few more:
We're not gonna become Amish, Mom. I... When someone dies in a plane crash, you don't abandon planes, you make them safer.
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Secrets are what make crimes possible. We behave worse when we're not accountable. I was my worst self because I didn't think anyone was watching.
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The Party Rank:
This is what participation is all about, bringing you, lifting you up. Thus, your participation window. I can't believe you've been here this long without being on the main social feed. You're about to have your world rocked. ... Oh, forgot one more thing. This is your participation rank. Party rank for short. Some people here call it the popularity rank, but it's not really that.
It's just an algorithm-generated number that takes into account all your activity in the inner circle.

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Theme song Private Eyes performed by Lenachka lyrics:
Watching you
Watching you
I see you, you see me
Watch you blowin' the lines
When you're making a scene
Oh, girl, you've got to know
What my head overlooks
The senses will show to my heart
When it's watching for lies
You can't escape my
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They're watching your every move
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
I see you, you see me
I see you, you see me
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They're watching your every move
They're watching, you
They're watching you
They're watching you
Watching you
Watching you
They're watching
Watching you
Watching you
They're watching, you

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Lyrics to ending song Simple Gifts - Jónsi:

'Tis the gift to be simple
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
'Tis the gift to be simple
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Social peer Pressure:

I just haven't had time yet for extracurricular stuff.
-Wow. That's so interesting you put it that way. We actually see your profile
and the activity on it as integral to your participation here. This is how your coworkers, even the ones on the other side of campus, know who you are.
Communication certainly isn't extracurricular, right?
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It's all connected. But you've had a blip or two when it comes to meshing with the community, like your absence at several weekend or evening events. Which are, of course, optional.
- I'm sorry?
Let's start with this weekend. You left campus at 11:42 p.m. on Friday and got back 8:46 a.m., Monday.
-Was there work on the weekend?
Oh, no, no! I didn't... I'm sorry. Oh, so sweet. There wasn't mandatory work
on the weekend. This isn't like a clock in, clock out type place, thank God!
But, you know, there were thousands of people here participating in a hundred different activities. ...

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