The Circle is a drama coming out in March of 2017. It stars heavy-hitters Tom Hanks & Emma Watson with Star Wars newbie John Boyega, and veteran character actors Bill Paxton & Patton Oswalt. The movie is an adaptation of a David Eggers novel of the same name. James Ponsoldt (director of The Spectacular Now) both directed the movie and adapted its screenplay from the book.
While this movie isn’t the first big data commentary to come out of Hollywood (think The Fifth Estate & Snowden), it is the first to view big data from the perspective of a tech company. I’m glad this is happening because major tech companies like Facebook, IBM, Google and Apple hoard and exploit date to raise their advertising prices through more accurate user profiling. The general public seems only aware of the NSA’s data gathering, but ignorant of Silicon Valley’s. Hopefully this film will wake people up. I’m not saying data gathering is a negative thing, but I think it is something we all need to be cognizant of. Also, millennials need to be critiqued with how quickly we share our information online. Most of us do it without hesitation, and I believe it is something we need to think twice about.
While the star power is strong with this movie, the plot appears all too familiar. Big corporation saying they’re helping society, but in reality they’re participating in illegal activities. Hopefully this trailer is a misdirection and the movie’s plot does more than blindly follow this trope.**
**I’ve never read the book so I don’t know its plot details.