We might all be a little concerned about privacy and authoritarians accessing the sheer volume of information we share – knowingly and not – on social media and elsewhere. And we worry about companies getting their hands on it. That is part of the driving force for The Circle, starring Emma Watson (The Bling Ring) and Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks).
Adapted from Dave Eggers' dystopian novel, The Circle finds Watson as Mae Holland, an ambitious young woman hired to work for the titular internet megacorp, partly run by the charismatic tycoon Bailey (Hanks). The concept behind the company is uniting users' email, social media, banking and online shopping, plus a mobile camera system in its universal operating system as one identity, with this leading to a new age of transparency and civility.
But of course, it's not that simple – and the story becomes a thriller that exploits the dangers of a digital life where all personal data is collected and pervasive surveillance means that privacy is a thing of the past. And though she is in the middle of it, the Circle might not have her best interests at heart...
With John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) Patton Oswalt (Young Adult) and Karen Gillan (Guardians Of The Galaxy) also in the cast, The Circle is out in the US on 28 April, but is still frustratingly without a confirmed UK release date.