“Circle” is a 2015 science fiction/drama film directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione. The movie stars Michael Nardelli, Julie Benz, Carter Jenkins, and so many more. The film is about fifty random strangers who wake in a dark room arranged in one large circle with no way to escape. They soon learn that every two minutes, one of them is killed by a mysterious device in the middle of the room. They eventually learn that they get to choose who gets to die next by voting, starting up discussions about life and personal values of deciding who is the one person who deserves to live.
Circle’s setting is extremely simplified; taking place in a single room. 50 people are placed into a circle facing each other. In the center of the room is an ominous black orb which stares back into the eyes of the occupants of the room. Around the orb are triangular selectors, one for each occupant of the room. Each contestant of the Circle uses their hand to vote for a person to kill. Each vote is only known to the person who cast the vote. While visually, Circle is nothing special, it’s location allows it to focus on it’s core message and plot.
As the movie progresses, the occupants in the room die out while also discussing the different stereotypes and manners of human interaction. The 50 people cover very significant life topics like: racism, gay marriage, contributing to society, children, pregnant women, religion, immigration, etc… As well as the topics discussed in the movie, the 50 people in the room represent a different type of member of our society such as: an Army man, a pregnant woman, a child, a one-armed man, a Spanish-speaker, a rich man, a minister, an atheist, etc…
While it’s discussions are shallow at best, it’s addressing of the issues is refreshing in movie industry that is obsessed with recreating the old instead of creating something new. Deeper analysis of the movie’s plot reveals commentary about the prejudges of society, mob mentality, fear, mortality, and democracy. One example of this would be the reactionary methods with which the contestants vote with. Instead of using the a logical approach, the contestants reacted to fear tactics and mis-information. The overall feeling seems to echo the 2016 elections.
Overall, the movie is a very simple, creative, and horrific movie. Some characters could be more developed and the ending could have been more anonymous so the watcher doesn’t know who the real winner of the circle was. I liked this movie and recommend it to high school students to teach them valuable lessons they will need to learn in real life.
Wyatt Fortin: 8.5/10
To close, I personally found the movie to be quite refreshing. The movie’s message, while ham-fisted at times, is conversation starting. It’s study of the human condition along with it’s quick pacing allows it to explore a wide range of topics in a short amount of time. It’s simple and good for what the film makers were working with and beats a lot of high budget films that have come out recently in terms of plot and meaningfulness.
Josh Garde: 4 pies out of 2 ducks