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The Circle Blu-ray Review

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“The Circle” never digs deep into the ideas it proposes.

In “The Circle,” a young woman named Mae’s life is turned around when she lands a customer experience job at the massive corporation The Circle. At first, her new gig appears to be a dream job, but it soon becomes apparent that everything is too good to be true.

Looking at the credits, one would think “The Circle” would be an automatic homerun. Not only is the film helmed by director James Ponsoldt (who is best known for the stand-out indie films “Smashed,” “The End of the Tour,” and “The Spectacular Now”), but it also has a veritable dream cast comprised of Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Emma Watson, Patton Oswalt, Ellar Coltrane, Karen Gillan, and the late Glenne Headly and Bill Paxton. So, what went wrong? To put it simply, it’s the script by James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers who also penned the novel the film is based on.

What could and should have been a relevant thriller about the dangers of technology, Big Brother level surveillance and a commentary on powerful tech corporations has been reduced to a rushed, phony, and, above all, corny film adaptation. Considering the amount of talent involved in this film and the fact that the book’s acclaimed author co-wrote the script, it is baffling how poorly this movie turned out. “The Circle” introduces and abandons ideas, it’s anchored by a lead character (Mae) whose actions are frequently idiotic, and the story never commits to what it wants to do from a tonal perspective. You constantly get the impression the movie is racing through beats as if it’s on auto-pilot as it leads towards a frankly unfulfilling conclusion.

The cast is also largely wasted in this film. Aside from Tom Hanks who refreshingly plays a different sort of character, most of the cast has little to do. As much as I have liked a lot of their previous work, Emma Watson and Ellar Coltrane are entirely miscast here. Both actors are unconvincing and look out of their depth. Although, to be fair, who can blame them with the script they were given.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The transfer is a little on the grainy side, but it’s solid nonetheless.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This track delivers a lot more than the movie does!

Extras: * Lionsgate trailers. * DVD copy and Digital copy. * “A True Original: Remembering Bill Paxton”- A touching tribute to the late great actor that features interviews with Tom Hanks and James Ponsoldt. * “The Future Won’t Wait: Design And Technology”- A featurette that contains interviews and discussions about the design/look of the film. * “No More Secrets: Completing The Circle”- A 4 part extra that contains film clips, interviews, behind-the-scenes clips, discussions about the novel the film was based on, cast and characters, tech, location shooting and more.

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July 20, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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