Circle (2015)

circle “Do you think there are other people? Doing this?” – Wife

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Jun 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A group of 50 strangers are stranded in a room where a mysterious force seems to be killing one at a time.  They don’t have much time, but need to decide together who deserves to live and be the last one.

My Take on it – This is a movie I never heard of before this week and thanks to the recommendation y my new blog-friend Diego of Lazy Sunday Movies (Tnx man), it has become one of my favorite films from 2015.

I’m a fan of the TV show Survivor, but I watch it a biot differently than most people; I skip the majority of the conversation between the contestants when they aren’t in a challenge or Tribal Council.

This movie felt like a very long Tribal Council meeting but where each player has to vote every two minutes for someone else to be voted off the island.

Their decisions must be base don the conversation happening and anything can happen as the numbers slowly dwindle.

The conversations between the characters helped each of them make split decisions, give other people immunity or try to make sure you have the numbers before the vote.

The psycho-social aspects of the films are laid out for us in a superb fashion and I know that one viewing of this is not nearly enough time to grasp everything that happens and I’m sure I missed some things along the way.

The dialogue is written superbly and the audience can easily believe that these are real people and can also be swayed just by the conversations themselves or a slight offhand remark from one of the characters.

This is the perfect kind of film to not utilize known actors because that would unjustly give the audience a hint as to who may be left at the end.

This way, we can constantly guess and re-guess to ourselves who is deserving based solely on what the other character say or do which ultimately makes us one of the 50, listening carefully to all that is being said and making decisions as to who should stay and who should go.

I really can’t wait to see how I’ll react to this when I watch it again… soon!

The tribe has spoken!

Bottom Line – Reminded me a an uber-Tribal Council where there is decision making by the players themselves, immunity idols and of course a numbers game. The psycho-social aspects of this film are superb and one viewing is not enough to fully grasp everything that happens within this one small room.  The dialogue is written superbly and it’s easy for the audience to constantly be swayed in different directions solely based on things someone may say. Loved how all of the actors are relatively unknown because that makes us constantly guess and re-guess who will think will or should be chosen. Really can’t wait to watch this one again!!!  The Tribe has spoken!  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was filmed in Los Angeles in just over 10 days, shooting at the unusually fast rate of 11-13 pages a day. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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