In this trailer for ‘The Circle,’ we’re given a thriller based on a world of being able to watch the lives of others in a way that would make ‘1984’ proud and is based on the novel by Dave Eggers. We see Emma Watson and John Boyega starting to work at a tech company which Tom Hanks runs and the purpose of the company is to give us “a seamless existence guided by transparency and civility” in exchange for all of your personal information. Since that is something we already tend to do with Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and more it seems like the concept here is a very believable one.
Honestly, the company not only looks a little like a cult from a couple of scenes but also of a very privacy-free future that could be made real within our lifetime. I kind of like the idea of thinking of this film as ‘Black Mirror: The Movie’.
You can check out the trailer below:
Honestly, this looks like an extremely interesting watch. According to director James Ponsoldt on Emma’s character:
“Mae asks many of the same questions. She’s struggling, living with her parents, looking for meaning and frustrated. She lands her dream job. Then things start to get weird.”
On Hank’s character he says:
“Bailey’s notion is that knowing is good, and knowing everything is better. He believes all experiences should be available to everyone, not only the privileged or people who can afford to them. He’s deeply interested in technology that can make people share all human experiences with everyone. He’s a boundary pusher, even boundary destroyer.”
As to how things get twisted for Emma’s character?
“She becomes a pseudo-celebrity with her superpower, that she’s natural, relatable and willing to speak freely about everything in her life. But it gets to the point where it’s almost a religion and then a glass prison of celebrity.”
I think this will be a great social commentary on where our society is today and where it could be going for our online experiences. We’ll have to wait a few more months to find that out, though.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘The Circle’? Do you think this kind of a world is one that we’re already on the path to? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Based on the international best-seller by Dave Eggers, 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.
‘The Circle’ will be watching you watch it in theaters on April 28th, 2017!
Source: USA Today
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