“The Circle,” based on the Dave Eggers novel, is as chilling as the most frightening horror movie — and yet the world depicted in the film is practically our world, just a tiny leap into the near future.
Directed by James Ponsoldt and adapted by Ponsoldt and Eggers, the movie tells the story of a young woman who goes to work at The Circle, a company that’s like a hellish cross among Facebook, Apple and Google.
Young Mae (Emma Watson) is thrilled to be welcomed onto the Circle campus. Everyone is so cool. Everyone is so friendly. And everything is so weird.
The place is run by its two founders, who, in an inspired bit of casting, are played by the inherently likable Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt. What harm could those guys do?