Circle Review (2015) with Spoiler Ending

 

The Story

The story is pretty simple. Group of strangers found themselves in mysterious dark room in circle formation. After few minuets, one of them gets zapped and dies.  Now they have to find out where they are what is going on.  At the end, the strangers realized that they are playing some sort of sick game.

The Review (Spoiler Free)

Circle is surprisingly entertaining movie.  But only if you like this type of genre.  Circle is more of sci-fi mystery movie.  It is one of those movie where group of strangers locked in a room and trying to figure out what is going on.  There are many movies like this such as Cube trilogy, Breathing Room, Exam, Killing Room, and Fermat’s Room.  This type of movies usually are driven by the mystery of the situation and surprise ending that follows it.  Circle is same way.  Circle is type of movie which less you know about the movie, more you’ll enjoy the movie.  So I won’t get into any detail.  (See spoiler section for more)

The movie does get into more deeper issue such as what is to be a human.  As the characters trying to figure out what is going on, they are faced with racism, prejudiced, and morality.  At the end, the movie asks one important question; would you do what ever it takes to save yourself or do what is best for the group.

The surprise ending is okay.  It does leave you with more question but it is enough to be satisfied.

Acting & Directing

The acting is pretty decent.  All the actors are unknown actors but they gets the job done.  Circle is directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione.  They are new directors and they are known for TV show called The Vault. 

Spoiler Ending (Spoiler Warning!)

The strangers quickly discovered that they are playing some kind of game.  Every few minuets, they need to vote to kill next person until only one person left in the room.  But there is a problem when last two person left in the room. If the vote is tie, both would be killed which means no one would survive.  So the group need to figure out if all dies at the end or scarified themselves to save one last person.  It does gets interesting when there is a kid and pregnant woman in the room which brings a question, is it human decency to save pregnant woman and a child over you?

At the end, neither the child and pregnant women survives instead a man survives who have been manipulating everyone in the group.

We find out at the end, that aliens from out of space are responsible for the circle.  The man did survive and walked out of the circle at the end.  We do see many other space ships hoverying in the air which indicates that there are other circles out there. We are assuming that the alien have abducted people from earth and playing these experiment with them to see how human decided.  It is not clear why they are doing this.  We do see at the end, that there are other who are wondering around the group, which indicates that they are survivors of other circles.  Some of these survivors are children, pregnant woman, and elderly.

In the Nutshell

If you like this genre, Circle is very entertaining movie.

I give 4 out of 5 stars.

 

 

 

 

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Genre: Sci-fi Mystery

Rotten Tomato Rating: — / 43%

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2 comments

  1. Fantastic concept that is beautifully executed. All the decisions and rationale behind them feel disturbingly real. I found myself yelling at the characters on many occasions.

    My one gripe would be that it was hard for me to imagine how certain characters would survive as long as they did given their actions.

    That said the turmoil did cause me to become that much more involved in the story.

    This film falls in line perfectly with others that similarly take a unique concept and flesh them out into intriguing narratives. If you like Cube, The Game, The Box, or even Adjustment Bureau (not nearly as sappy so don’t worry) you will love this movie.

    Side note if you watched this movie and liked it you should also check out the ones I mentioned above.

     
  2. I thought the movie was rather entertaining, but it annoyed me that they gave up on a solution so quickly. 50 people in a room with a sphere that is presumably watching and killing based on circumstance, and no one thinks to suggest covering it up by throwing their jackets on it.

     

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