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Circle (film review)



Film: Circle
Year: 2015
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Directed By: Aaron Hann, Mario Miscione
Starring: Allegra Masters, Aimee McKay, Ashley Key
About: Held captive and faced with their imminent executions, fifty strangers are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live.

My Review:
Having not watched this movie in a while and wanting to watch it all day, I caved and put this on through Netflix. Personally, I like horror movies that have a psychological twist such as this film about right and wrong. I have seen this film before and I wouldn't say that it is amazing but it is a good watch. 

I liked how Circle had a lot of different characters and that the viewer got to see the movie from everyone's perspective not just one or two characters while also leaving the questions "why are they there?" and "what is the purpose of the circle?" which left me hoping for more answers as the film went on. The way in which the participants of the circle chose who was going to die next and discovering why the characters were eliminating certain people was really interesting. With not having much in terms of visuals, as it was mostly people just standing in circles on the floor in an otherwise black room, it was very easy watching which I liked as it was something I could see while relaxing. The ending showed how another movie could be made about the circle and the people who were behind it however it doesn't seem that this has been done. 

I feel that this movie could have been improved. As previously mentioned, I did enjoy how Circle didn't have many visuals so was easy and relaxing to watch, but on the other hand it did leave me at times bored and feeling that I would have had the same experience by just listening to it. With some of the characters telling how they saw numbers before becoming part of the circle, it would have been more satisfying to understand what it was they saw and what that had to do with the circle (though this could also be explained in a sequel). Having left a lot of questions unanswered by the end of the film it did leave me rather frustrated. 

Overall, I think it is an okay horror/thriller movie but it left a lot unanswered. I would recommend this to people who are wanting a horror but something that they also don't have to focus on to understand what is happening. Personally, I would watch this again but it would need to be a while between watches.


My Rating: 3/5 

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