The Circle (2017)
Technology, social media, networking, public documentation; in a simple phrase, our lives today. Only, this particular story does not take place in our known present, but at some unknown time, likely in the near future. At a time when cameras the size of marbles are strategically placed all over the world, when a tech company called The Circle is reigning, taking the world by storm, and swiftly taking over the globe completely. Not only is The Circle making things accessible to the common person that was at one time inaccessible, but making every moment of our lives accessible to all. This world, that is not all that unlikely to occur in our universe, is one in which Mae is apart.
Mae feels her dreams have come true when she lands a job at the tech company, The Circle. Working at The Circle, not only allows her to provide excellent customer service in internet technology, but enable her to connect to millions via social networking. The owner of the company, Bailey, takes a liking to Mae, catapulting Mae’s career and recognition within The Circle. Will Mae’s intelligent and creative mind usher in an exciting new age for The Circle and the world, or create a road to hell paved with good intentions?
What I love about this film, which is based on a novel of the same name by Dave Eggers, is the moral and ethical implications it delivers. While social media and other modes of technological communication is often fulfilling and fun, how far is too far? How important is our own privacy? Is privacy just an illusion? If we are willing to document several of our significant, and not so significant moments of our lives online, would we be willing to expose every moment of our waking lives to the world?
Would publically documenting every moment of our lives keep us more honest? Should honesty be forced from us because others can see what we do, or would it mean more if we willingly remained honest in our private lives, due to our own free will? And what about the special moments by ourselves; those times we commune with nature, or even in our own rooms, contemplating our own thoughts? What about bonding with a loved one? Or for those who believe in higher power, praying to God? So many little moments we so often take for granted, no longer sacred, but revealed to the eyes of the world.
Lastly, and perhaps the most difficult question of all, could we easily hand over our entire lives to the public via social networks without blinking an eye?
The Circle makes you think, and doesn’t beat you over the head with its message, but makes it clear. I will allow you to make that connection yourself, as you, dear reader, are very smart. The Circle has great themes, intense moments, and layered characters. So, join me, and become immersed in The Circle. Go on, you wouldn’t want to disappoint your viewers, would you?
~Laura the Book Enthusiast
P.S. My apologies once again for the delayed posting. I am currently working on blogging more often. Please be patient with my failings.