‘The Circle’ Trailer – Watch As Emma Watson Proves How Invasive Technology Can Be

The trailer to thrilling dystopian movie, The Circle dropped on December 6. The film stars Emma Watson in the role of Mae Holland, a new employee at a tech giant called The Circle, in California, and is ecstatic about her new job. Things take a chilling turn when Holland learns about the effects of invasive technology on society.

The trailer gives us a goose-bump inducing peek into the life of Mae Holland and those around her and how their lives are drastically changed due to technology and how their privacy is compromised due to the collection of information by tech companies to form a single virtual identity. The speeches given by Tom Hanks‘ character are eerily similar to those given by CEO’s of tech companies in the real world; a constant reminder of how technology in the real world is getting more and more invasive. Hanks’ character also outlines the goals of the company against shots of democracy being screwed over by the same company.

The Circle is written and directed by James Ponsoldt based on the Dave Eggers novel of the same name.

The film is distributed by French company EuropaCorp and is set to release on April 28, 2017. British actors John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Karen Gillan (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Doctor Who) also play characters employed by The Circle.

Video Courtesy : EuropaCorpUS via YouTube

Here’s the official plot synopsis :

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

The Circle (2017) - Poster 1

Kenneth Sequeira

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