Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Tom Hanks and Emma Watson explore the dark side of Silicon Valley in 'The Circle' trailer

801715_770.jpg

It turns out being a bit of a nutjob is a requisite for being successful in Silicon Valley.

In the Black Mirror-esque The Circle, Tom Hanks plays Eamon Bailey, a hugely successful tech entrepreneur with a utopian view of how the world should operate – without secrets. It all sounds very idealistic, and Hanks enthusiasm as Bailey is infectious. But for the first time Hanks is playing a bad guy with a ‘good guy’ mask. It’s the first time he’s playing a villain since he sort of did in Road to Perdition. 

Bailey is the CEO of the world’s most powerful tech company which according to the film’s synopsis “links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.”

The perks of course entice the most promising of people, including the smart and ambitious Mae Holland (Emma Watson, in case the character spec didn’t give it away).

“As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cosy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.”

Landing the coveted job straight after graduating, Holland thinks she’s hit the jackpot.

She becomes a rising star in the company, becoming a public figure due to her involvement in ground-breaking technology.

But all is not as it seems. Based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dave Egger, Bailey’s free snacks, creative space, games room-style company is a ruse for a darker goal.

As the world outside of the company feels further and further away, together with programmer Kalden (John Boyega), Holland uncovers Bailey’s plan behind the company’s motto “Secrets are lies” - to run a state of surveillance and to rid us of privacy. Holland and Kalden must test the limits of the internet as they question the morality and effect on freedom that they are having.

“What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.”

Watson is predictable as a goodie two shoes, but director James Ponsoldt says her character is supposed to be ‘us’ and that “you will walk out of the theatre and have a serious look at yourself and how you’re living your life.”

Hanks looks like he’s been hanging out with Zuckerberg and Charlie Brooker a bit too much, which makes for very interesting viewing.

Watch the trailer below:

The Circle comes out 28 April 2017 in the US. UK release date TBC.

Related

Sully3.jpg

Tom Hanks plays pilot hero in new trailer for Sully

12.jpg

The greatest movie mashup of all time now has a sequel

forrest.jpg

This is what the kid who played Forrest Gump looks like now

Comments

More

Brendan Gleeson: "I was thrilled to be cut down by Daniel Day-Lewis"

Brendan Gleeson on being entertained by Gambon and killed by Day-Lewis

by Ralph Jones
22 Jun 2017

Can you guess the highest grossing film for every year since 1980?

Genuinely: no, you can't

by Gary Ogden
21 Jun 2017

Don't panic, but the Han Solo movie just lost both of its directors

Don't ruin this for us now

by Carl Anka
21 Jun 2017

Daniel Day-Lewis announces he's retiring from acting

His final film will air later this year

by Alex Finnis
21 Jun 2017

Netflix’s new Hulk Hogan documentary looks like essential viewing

It couldn't have come at a better time

by Tom Victor
16 Jun 2017

The 17 ultimate screen dads

The daddies of them all

16 Jun 2017

The 'Dodgeball' cast have reunited for a surprise mini-sequel

Watch it here

by Gary Ogden
15 Jun 2017

Stunning footage of Bruce Lee's only "real fight" has been unearthed

The martial arts expert looking just as masterful away from Hollywood

by Carl Anka
14 Jun 2017

Edgar Wright has teased the possibility of Hot Fuzz 2

The greatest buddy cop film of all time... Part 2?

by Carl Anka
09 Jun 2017

Nick Offerman: "I would have sold my family to play Gimli"

The moustachioed funny man on varnishing, magnets, and his Gimli ambitions

by Ralph Jones
08 Jun 2017