Fifty strangers wake up in a dark room with no memory of how they got there. They soon discover that they are all standing in a circle on the floor and are held captive. These strangers are forced to play a difficult game in which they must choose one person from among them who they feel deserves to live or die.
The catch is, the futuristic game is powered by the stranger’s vote, and they are forced to play around every two minutes. Our strangers must pick someone at each round, otherwise someone will choose to die by an electrical pulse when the Circle’s chooses at random. Who will be the sole survivor? What lengths will people go to in order to survive? Many will plea for their life as to why they should be kept alive and yes, some acting at times can come across as a tad corny.
The Circle without a doubt is a very clever film considering how the film has been completed with a low budget. Even though the fifty characters here are strangers, the film makes it easy and obvious as to what type of people they are based on the way they are dressed or their dialogue. Because someone dies every two minutes, the film also makes moves a quick pace and never feels dull or slow. I personally was very interested to know the film would end because as people were dying frequently, the film continually builds up, up and up to its ending and climax.
Circle also has many different types of characters and it’s interesting to find out if they will live or die. Some of these characters included:
* A Pregnant Women
* A young Child
* A Police Officer
* An Army Officer
* Old People
And the list goes on…
Because this is a low budget film there no major jaw-dropping Sound effects or motion picture soundtrack. Other than the suspenseful electrocuting sound, the Audio here is simply the Dialogue and thankfully it is clear.
Overall the Circle is a low budget film that can be appreciated for creating something unique with a clever story. The film never feels dull during its duration. Its biggest down point for me was the film’s final conclusion. Sure, it’s an ending, but I couldn’t help feeling as though I want a little more information. The ending came across as slightly confusing and I partly misunderstood it at first- another 5 mins of story could have done the film more justice.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden