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MOVIE REVIEW: The Circle Gives us an Exaggerated and Convoluted Look at Social Media

Going into this movie, I thought I was never going to be able to look at Siri or Alexa or Bixby, the same way again. I thought I was going have to get home and murder any artificial intelligence I own, or quit social media altogether. I was convinced that this movie was going to make me realize that we are at the beginning of the rise of the machines and that I was going to be inspired to put an end to our versions of Skynet or Cyberdyne (facebook, google, samsung, apple, etc) before they took over our world…. Instead, I got to see what I can only imagine is the director’s idea of, how young people behave. Overly hip and cool characters that are extremely sarcastic and can make snarky remarks, like it’s part of their programming, going up against the big bad CEO (who was actually a really good man), in order to stop a program that can record, store and share EVERYTHING about your entire life. This is basically a story about a girl who becomes a star on her own reality show, instead of a thought provoking social commentary on the dangers technology has on the real-world.

If there is one thing I learned from this flick, is that there is definitely over saturation as far as how much content there is on the inter-webs. Even more now thanks to live videos and people thinking that I want to see every second of their uninteresting lives. NO I don’t care that you are driving and listening to loud music! But that’s it, maybe I was expecting too much. The whole time I was watching it I kept thinking that the movie was a lesson on how technology is alienating us and making it seemed like being connected with each other is now easier than ever, but in reality, it is making human interactions almost non-existent. In the end, I figured out that I was looking at the film as if it was much deeper than it actually was.

I give The Circle, the “Checky™ Stamp of Disappointment!” I enjoyed parts of this flick but I completely missed the point they were trying to make. Maybe someone who’s smarter than I am can explain it to me. This flick doesn’t know if it wants to be a teen drama, a sci-fi horror, or if it is pro-tech or anti-tech. Some concepts are very interesting but the execution was very messy. I love all the actors in the flick but I think sometimes their acting was overly-dramatic and unnatural. Except for Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton (RIP), they were both perfect in their roles. There were also too many subplots that lead nowhere and…. You know what? I think that’s enough. I went to watch this movie because of Emma Watson and she is as charming and wonderful as ever, I just feel bad that she is in a film that is not good enough for her.

So, what did you think of The Circle? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.

Official Synopsis:Mae Holland (Emma Watson) seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world’s most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company’s founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity.

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Ezequiel

Ezequiel T (a.k.a., El Checky) is a Translator with a lifelong passion for films. He has been reviewing movies for years and has been watching, discussing and sometimes even making them for as long as he can remember. When reviewing them, he has a simple way of recommending a good movie by giving it The “Checky™ Seal Of Approval!” which is due to his childhood nickname. He currently lives in Victorville, CA with his wife of 12 years, Joanna.
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