Circle (2015) – Encore Review


“Oh yeah, he bought us 2 minutes. Throw him a Purple Heart ” – Young Man

Number of Times Seen – Twice (28 Jun 2016 and 21 Jul 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A group of 50 strangers find themselves in a dark room where every two minutes one of them is killed which forces them to try and find a solution to what is happening to them.

My Take on it – This is a movie that creates a very innovative and unique premise and finds a way to present in a very intriguing and suspenseful manner.

It also gives the viewer so much to ponder during its rapid fire 90 minute runtime.

The film utilizes non recognizable actors in a very effective way and it allows the viewer to believe that we are watching real people going through this ordeal instead of actors which adds so much to the realism of it all.

The film’s dialogue is superbly written and adds so much o the suspense and urgency of everything happening.

This allows for some great verbal debates between these characters as the story progresses in various directions.

This also shows how people might act when under extreme pressure like the one presented here.

The dialogue is also cleverly used to help sway the viewer’s opinion of things because some of the things said are quite convincing to both the characters and the audience alike.

The story is paced really fast and that adds much to the suspense of it all as we get so caught up in everything transpiring in this situation.

The way that this film deals with the idea of ‘first impressions’ and the repercussions of not getting to now a person before needing to make a decision about them is superb because it works so well from start to finish.

Bottom Line – Very innovative and interesting idea that gives the viewer so much to ponder. The lack of recognizable actors actually helps make this feel even more realistic. The dialogue is superbly woven and that helps enhance this story even more because we get to see how verbal debate can affect ones thinking especially when one is in stressful situations. This also is used really cleverly in order to make the viewer’s opinion constantly change due to the very convincing things that these characters say to one another. The story is paced quite well and they present the various debates in such a clear way that it helps make this even more riveting to watch unfold.  This is an amazing film that deals with ‘first impressions’ and the various repercussions of the way one perceives another with very little information.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One man is seen repeatedly, neurotically counting down the seconds it takes for the lightning bolt to cap the person with the most votes. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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