A promising super-tech story gone awry in a future world quickly runs out of steam and crumbles.
Time of Hindustan | By Rachid Irani
UPDATE MAY 26, 2017 16:56 IST
It’s a hot topic, okay. Unfortunately, this warning about technological totalitarianism does not keep its promises.
Envisioning a new era of full transparency, the big boss of a social media conglomerate called The Circle (Tom Hanks, reliably charismatic even in a rare ‘bad guy’ role) believes that ‘knowing is good, but knowing that everything is better ”.
It authorizes a digital program piloted by hidden camera called “SeeChange” to inaugurate a surveillance society, with worrying possibilities.
Based on the 2013 novel of the same name by literary prodigy Dave Eggers, The Circle starts off exceptionally well but unraveled quickly. Director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) fails to maintain the creepy atmosphere he begins with.
There is a strong supporting cast, featuring John Boyega as a disillusioned colleague, Karen Gillan as a helpful college friend and the late Bill Paxton in the latest role of his career, as a terminally ill parent. .
Despite the roster of talent in front of and behind the camera, The Circle is uninspiring.
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