The Circle

The Circle

DVD - 2017
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When Mae is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.
Publisher: [Paris, France] :, EuropaCorp,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: CIRC
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby Digital,rda
1 videodisc (110 min.) sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Franln Dec 17, 2017

Controlling big brother Facebook type of company called "The Circle" fools young people into sharing every part of their lives on their platform. Sounds a little like what's already happening. A truly frightening and insightful plot.


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ccielusn
Jan 16, 2018

Read the book instead.

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sdiblasio
Jan 13, 2018

The Circle is a classic example of how social engineering can use an on-line social program to create group think. Several movies were referenced: Manufactured Consent, Shadow Government and Soylent Green.

The dark database lurked beneath a face plate where input could be restricted access at the flip of a switch. A green substance consumed by the main character without much hesitation, contained sensors to track the subject via biometrics. A Phase IV Pharmaceutical trial was being tested with Adderall.

Several Patent Developments were prevalent throughout, from Google to a top executive who was a former US Government employee for defense related issues, Tommy Thompson of Verichips to the HHS and Hin Kai to the Army.

This reads as a Manifesto for a totalitarian regime. It attempts to create a new age belief that worships technology. This is the type of thing that keeps me in constant prayer!

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PearlyKayAm1
Dec 27, 2017

The suspense built, but didn't really go anywhere.

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BrandonBlanchard
Dec 18, 2017

Generally well made, and has a good cast. The implications are rather terrifying when you stop and think how much of this has already happened. On the other hand, it does feel a tad boring in places, and it does end on a rather sudden note, making you wonder where the last act of the movie is.

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breemu
Dec 17, 2017

Can't help but wonder if Facebook, Google, or any number of other big social media corporations were involved in this weird social-media propaganda piece. A life like this would be (is?) hell for introverts.

Franln Dec 17, 2017

Controlling big brother Facebook type of company called "The Circle" fools young people into sharing every part of their lives on their platform. Sounds a little like what's already happening. A truly frightening and insightful plot.

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Angie206
Dec 16, 2017

I do agree with another reviewer that this movie is boring except for one big scene toward the end of the movie.

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TechWriter1
Dec 15, 2017

It helps to have read the novel. This movie isn't great but it does take a shot at addressing how our lives are affected by the interconnection of everything in general and social media in particular. A few years ago, I started to think of social media as "Little Brother." Today, as we follow news about Facebook, net neutrality, cyber crime, election manipulation, and related topics, it is apparent that Little Brother is growing up!

The idea and the plot are terrifying when you give it some thought. The movie, however, was more than a bit dull and rather saccharine. Read the book it was based on instead.

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matcat44
Nov 30, 2017

Couldn't get interested.

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Only 3 mundane quotes in IMDb now. Here are a few more:
We're not gonna become Amish, Mom. I... When someone dies in a plane crash, you don't abandon planes, you make them safer.
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Secrets are what make crimes possible. We behave worse when we're not accountable. I was my worst self because I didn't think anyone was watching.
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The Party Rank:
This is what participation is all about, bringing you, lifting you up. Thus, your participation window. I can't believe you've been here this long without being on the main social feed. You're about to have your world rocked. ... Oh, forgot one more thing. This is your participation rank. Party rank for short. Some people here call it the popularity rank, but it's not really that.
It's just an algorithm-generated number that takes into account all your activity in the inner circle.

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Theme song Private Eyes performed by Lenachka lyrics:
Watching you
Watching you
I see you, you see me
Watch you blowin' the lines
When you're making a scene
Oh, girl, you've got to know
What my head overlooks
The senses will show to my heart
When it's watching for lies
You can't escape my
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They're watching your every move
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
I see you, you see me
I see you, you see me
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They're watching your every move
They're watching, you
They're watching you
They're watching you
Watching you
Watching you
They're watching
Watching you
Watching you
They're watching, you

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Lyrics to ending song Simple Gifts - Jónsi:

'Tis the gift to be simple
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
'Tis the gift to be simple
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Social peer Pressure:

I just haven't had time yet for extracurricular stuff.
-Wow. That's so interesting you put it that way. We actually see your profile
and the activity on it as integral to your participation here. This is how your coworkers, even the ones on the other side of campus, know who you are.
Communication certainly isn't extracurricular, right?
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It's all connected. But you've had a blip or two when it comes to meshing with the community, like your absence at several weekend or evening events. Which are, of course, optional.
- I'm sorry?
Let's start with this weekend. You left campus at 11:42 p.m. on Friday and got back 8:46 a.m., Monday.
-Was there work on the weekend?
Oh, no, no! I didn't... I'm sorry. Oh, so sweet. There wasn't mandatory work
on the weekend. This isn't like a clock in, clock out type place, thank God!
But, you know, there were thousands of people here participating in a hundred different activities. ...

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Aug 01, 2017

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