The Circle (2017)

dir. James Ponsoldt

At one point in this film, Emma Watson’s character (though “character” is a strong term for someone so devoid of personality) is thrown a bunch of questions by an interviewer. The Circle tries to do the same to its audience: Is technology helpful, or dangerous? Is privacy crucial, or isolating? Unfortunately the movie has no idea what it believes the answer is in any given case, so consistently tries to answer with both, culminating in the most confusing non-message ever. Still, this all pales in comparison to the most pressing question of all: did Tom Hanks agree to do this film because of a bribe, or blackmail?

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