Hanks and Watson in THE CIRCLE
Ever wondered where all the knowledge that comes with having access into people's lives 24/7 might lead to? The Circle flirts with this exact question with Emma Watson (Regression, Noah) and Tom Hanks (Catch Me If You Can, Felt) leading the narrative.
Directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour) and based on the novel by Dave Eggers, the techno-thriller stars Watson and Boyega as employees of a wildly successful tech company run by a charismatic founder (played by Hanks). The Circle promises a seamless existence guided by transparency and civility — all you have to do is give over all your personal information, and maybe start using one of the company’s ubiquitous SeeChange cameras.
The director has been a fan of Eggers' work since his groundbreaking 2000 novel A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and jumped at the chance to work on The Circle after shooting the 2015 David Foster Wallace road-trip film The End of the Tour.
"When Dave’s book came out, it felt like speculative fiction, the future around the corner. But shooting it, we thought of it as an alternaverse: slightly skewed, but essentially our world," says Ponsoldt. "It's a fun ride. We live through Mae. She is us. You will walk out of the theater and have a serious look at yourself and how you’re living your life."
In a USA Today interview, Ponsoldt expanded on the subject a little bit:
"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."
"She becomes a pseudo-celebrity with her superpower, that she's natural, relatable and willing to speak freely about everything in her life," says the director about Watson's character. "But it gets to the point where it's almost a religion and then a glass prison of celebrity."
"The Circle is probably like many tech companies, pushing the ethical boundaries over how much autonomy and freedom we should have and how much privacy we should have," adds Ponsoldt.
Also starring in the film are Karen Gillan as Mae’s friend and co-worker Annie, Patton Oswalt as another key figure within the company, Bill Paxton and Glenne Headly as Mae’s parents, and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) as Mae’s ex.
The Circle arrives April 28, 2017.
For similarly narratives, check out Black Mirror.
- WizardofOz 1 posts4 months ago