Movie Review: Circle (2015)


Written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione, Circle is a 2015 psychological thriller film. Fifty people awaken, standing in a dark room, and every few minutes one of them is killed by a mysterious orb in the room’s center. As tensions rise, the involuntary participants soon realise they can control who is next to perish, and strange alliances are formed with a single goal in mind: survival.

+ the cast of (arguably) unknown actors means you’ll most likely have no preconceived notions about who is good or bad, which makes the decision the characters make much more personal. I found myself rooting for certain character more than others just because of their morals
+ the titular Circle is visually very unsettling, with it’s large dome in the middle. It reminded me of 2001 A Space Odyssey‘s HAL 9000

– the back-story of the film is partially revealed through off-hand dialogue, though by the end of the film most of it is left unexplained

Should you see this film: I enjoyed this film. It was a simple premise, but it was able to draw me in unlike anything else recently, and I think it deserves at least one watch.

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