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Circle (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 16 October 2015 (USA)
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Held captive and faced with their imminent executions, fifty strangers are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Allegra Masters ... The Pregnant Girl
Aimee McKay ... Beth
Ashley Key ... The Young Girl
Autumn Federici ... Woman #4
Bill Lewis ... The Oldest Man
Brent Stiefel ... Young Man
Cameron Cruz ... Guy (as Cameron Connerty)
Carter Jenkins ... The College Guy
Cesar Garcia ... The Tattooed Man
Coley Speaks ... The African American Man
Daniel Lench ... The Rich Man
Daniel Yelsky ... Shaun
David Reivers ... Bruce
David Saucedo ... The Hispanic Man
DeMaris Gordon DeMaris Gordon ... Older Woman #2
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In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Every two minutes, one of them must die... Executed by an electrical pulse generated from a source within the chamber. At first the attacks seem random, but, soon the strangers realize that they, as a group, have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed: by the power of the vote. Mob mentality at its finest hour. A chance to control the machine. How will they choose who deserves to die? What happens when there's only one person left? "Circle" is a film about humanity. How we value one another and how people react when they are forced to make decisions under the worst possible circumstances. It's a film that speaks to the very core of what makes us human - Who we are, what we believe and ultimately, the lengths we will go to in which to save ourselves.

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Fifty strangers held captive are forced to choose one person among them to survive execution.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cercle See more »

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It's not entirely clear how young the aliens are willing to go to select participants. The Pregnant Woman's fetus is treated as a separate participant when it falls into one of the participant circles, suggesting that there's no limit to how young the participants can be. Children younger than the Young Girl, maybe even infants, might have been selected for some circles. However, the aliens took the Pregnant Woman into the circle along with her fetus, rather than taking one or the other, suggesting that the aliens did not initially consider the fetus to be a separate participant, so perhaps they draw the line there. The fact that pregnant women are shown to be survivors of the circle while still carrying their babies suggests that, had the Pregnant Woman survived to the end, she would not have been forced into a vote against her own fetus. See more »

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The Mexican man does not speak or understand English. Then they make up the plan that everyone should vote for the person to their right side. They even do this twice, after stressing how important it is that everyone does the same thing. But the Mexican man could never have understood that. See more »

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The Asian Kid: In here the truth gets you killed!
The Doctor: No, In here everything gets you killed...
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An OK, but lacklustre social-observation Sci-Fi
9 April 2016 | by trelloskilos-1See all my reviews

There are several movies that have done this sort of thing before. Put a cross section of society in an isolated situation (Desert Island, Hostile Planet, Booby Trapped Death Cube, Reality TV Show etc.), and observe their behaviours to see who is a team player, and who is a selfish aback-stabber.

Circle reminded me of a more extreme version of the TV game show 'The Weakest Link'. Only there is 50 people involved, and each is voting for their own life.

It's a neat premise on paper, but ultimately, the movie doesn't really go anywhere with it.

As a social commentary, we are presented with a broad cross-section of some very unpleasant stereotypes across the spectrum. Nothing was spared, whether race, gender, age, disability, sexuality, the movie provided some very sloppy examples of stereotyping & discrimination.

As a sci-fi movie, there is no character development at all. The movie only has two ongoing questions and they are 'Who will everyone vote for next?" and "Why?". The first question is answered every few minutes, and the second answer seems to be "Isn't it obvious?". - There is a third question "What the hell is going on?" and to its credit, the movie does not have an ambiguous ending. It does actually answer that question, but the answer feels like a tacked-on epilogue that doesn't really tie all the loose ends.

All in all, I found myself getting a bit bored & impatient with the movie to start going somewhere. I continued watching a bunch of people squabble over strategic voting and each round became more telegraphed. Even the 'twist' final rounds were predictable.

There are much better socially based sci-fi movies around The Cube & The Exam, for example, allowed for some character development, and for moral ambiguity.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this film as an in-depth moral commentary about humanity, but if you are into the whole 'watching people stab others in the back' thing, then this will kill an hour or so.


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