‘The Circle’ is a thriller without the thrills

The Circle
By: 
AARON JENNINGS ◆ AARON@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

As long as the internet is accessible, movies like “The Circle” are going to be made, and people like me will be shaking their heads in disappointment. Instead of tackling serious issues with social media, this movie predictably charges into silly Hollywood quicksand where ideas take a backseat to superstar close-ups and fluffy dialogue.

“The Circle,” which is a disastrous endeavor into the “Big Brother” (I’m watching you) thriller genre, feels more like an informational video for senior citizens who are trying to understand the social media revolution than it does anything else. The movie gets so caught up in explaining the future of technology, they forget to tell us what’s wrong with the world until we realize the credits have already begun to roll.

For starters, there isn’t an ounce of paranoia in “The Circle.” Things are too casual to be taken seriously. Maybe it has something to do with the way things are in California or something in the water or local dispensaries. There’s never a reason to run or even walk briskly.

Poor motivation is an awful quality for a film marketed as a suspenseful and timely tale. And it’s clear the writers have the same knowledge of what makes a movie opportune as the people behind the new Hulu TV show “The Handmaiden’s Tale” — none whatsoever. But that’s another story for another time.

As any moviegoer could conclude, the character’s lack of urgency is a product of there being a lack of problems to solve. Things just are, nobody seems to care. We never learn what evil things the film’s villains are cooking, and we aren’t even welcome to see what they’ve done in the past.

For the complete review, see the Weekend print edition of The Daily Record, or view the e-Edition online.

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