You’re in a mysterious room. You don’t know how you got there. Fifty or so other folks you don’t know are there too. Suddenly you find out that you can’t move off the little red dot your standing on. If you do, you die. Then a timer begins to count down every two minutes. If you don’t vote for someone in the room to die an electrifying death, a person is chosen randomly. That’s the puzzling premise of the new science fiction film, Circle, written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione.
As our fifty “prisoners” try to figure out what to do and how to survive, each has to come up with their own plan. Should they team up with others of the same mindset? Should they be a survivalist and try for self preservation at any cost? Shall they abstain from the whole process and either die a pacifist or self sacrifice? Soon personalities begin to come out as evil, cynical, humanist, bigoted, Christian, utilitarian, and partisan. All begin to battle it out for what’s the right thing to do.
Some may say Circle could be at times heavy handed, but others could say the personalities of the folks are the same as those we see by trolls or bloggers. And how to decide what to do? If you decide to participate in this horrible game, is the choice who dies first by age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, intelligence, beauty, public standing, or some other arbitrary trait? An interesting concept of a film which leads to your co-hosts reviewing and discussing this interesting new genre flick.