Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega are collaborating in the upcoming speculative science-fiction film called “The Circle.” In the film, Emma Watson’s character joins powerful tech company, The Circle, and gets involved with its shady CEO, played by Tom Hanks. Check out the trailer!
Have you ever heard the term “Panopticon?” It’s a circular prison that works because inmates are constantly afraid of being watched. IT’S THE CIRCLE! As with any good science fiction, the film’s parallels to real life are thought provoking with major questions about online privacy on the public’s mind. Though, I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get used to Emma Watson’s American accent.
Anyway, where did this film come from? It has quite the lineup of stars. I’ve already mentioned a few, but there’s also Karen Gillan, Bill Paxton (GAME OVER MAN!), and Patton Oswalt. It’s being directed by James Ponsoldt and is based on book, of the same name, by Dave Eggers.
CinemaBlend pointed out that while the company in “The Circle” seems like your average, forward-thinking tech company, it does have a very cult-like feel to it, with Tom Hanks as the head. Many philosophers have argued about whether, or not, being constantly watched actually improves good behavior in society, but the general consensus seems to be something like”meh, we don’t really know, but it sure is creepy.” Would you carry a little camera that was constantly on and recording everything you do? I certainly wouldn’t. Anyway the film looks pretty interesting and quite relevant for our times. There’s no word on the release yet, but there is pretty involved promotional website that can be found here.