This is an incredibly intriguing trailer, and the more I watch it, the more I like it. Most of my excitement for this movie surrounds the fact that it's coming from Ponsoldt, but upon further inspection, there really are a lot of fascinating elements in this film. For starters, the cast is great. Emma Watson and John Boyega are pitch-perfect protagonists, and I adore the idea of Tom Hanks as a tyrannical version of Steve Jobs. Secondly, the technological themes are compelling and topical, especially in the modern age of surveillance. Nobody knows yet if The Circle will have anything thoughtful or reflective to say about our societal embrace of connectivity, but the idea is exciting nonetheless. Many immediately drew comparisons to Netflix's Black Mirror, the hit anthology series that has tackled various issues involving modern society. On the surface, it's easy to see why the two pieces are thematically similar and, depending on who you ask, redundant. But for me, the wild card here is Ponsoldt. He's a talented filmmaker who always has a lot to say, and I know that he wouldn't have tackled this ambitious project if he didn't have a particular viewpoint on this issue. Even from some of the conversations in The End of the Tour, it's clear that Ponsoldt is deeply troubled by our current direction. I love the idea of creating a dystopia from a utopia, and overall, this trailer does a great job of selling the movie's general idea. Simply put, The Circle is one of the movies that I can't wait to dive into next year.
The Circle will debut on April 28, 2017.
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