Hello, my darling readers!
Today I have a bit of a weird one for you. The concept is interesting enough, though. So, let’s have a chat about Circle!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Fifty strangers facing execution have to pick one person among them to live.

The Rating:

Well, this was interesting. Another movie I knew nothing about before watching, so I set to be surprised.
I enjoyed that the film works with a rather simple concept: almost the entire story takes place in one room, there aren’t a million storylines, just people talking to each other and, well, dying. Even though I got a bit tedious at times (maybe that was just because we are so very used to flashier stuff?), I think the film benefited from this minimalism.

The conversations and discussions between the people who found themselves in the circle are somewhat of an exploration of the human psyche. Extreme situations can bring out the best or the worst in us, which this one definitely did. It makes you wonder, “how would I react in that situation?” I’m sure we’d all like to say that of course, we’d be altruistic, but how can you be sure? Maybe you’re a total bastard and you just don’ know it.

It also shows you that you can never judge a book by its cover. You never know what’s going on in someone else’s life, how far they’d go. I guess you can tell that I enjoyed that the movie makes you think! But then again, the film breaks down complex decisions to very basic levels which don’t always do justice. After a while, that’s what made watching a bit tedious. While I enjoyed the concept, I feel like the movie would have benefited from not actually being a movie but rather haven TV episode length. Do the concept over 45 minutes tops and I would have been more intriguing in my opinion. That’s essentially my main point of criticism. Circle is longer than it has any right to. As interesting as the premise is, you will reach a point where your brain will want to just tap out as it’s more and more of the same.

While the idea behind Circle is fascinating and provides food for thought, it’s just not enough to fill an entire movie. As it is it was too much run-time and not enough story. Overall good but it needs to be a lot shorter.

Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!

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