Is this what Hollywood screenwriters think smart people sound like? The Circle is one of those films that is worse than just bad; it insults the audience’s intelligence, posing as a “political” film while not having any political sense. Essentially, The Circle proposes one, singular question for its runtime, “Would you give up your privacy for more security?” Disregarding the fact that this topic has been covered extremely successfully in other works (go watch Black Mirror; it’s so much better than this junk), The Circle never makes up its mind about an answer. The ending, with its abrupt attempt at catharsis, makes viewers wonder if the director, James Ponsoldt, intended to relay some sort of endorsement for increased privacy, but the film that preceded it was so inconsistent that the final scene only results in confusion. Similar to the little-seen (for good reason) Kevin Spacey film The Life of David Gale, with its anti-capital-punishment agenda, The Circle would have many audience members agreeing with its moralism if it weren’t for its constant logical contradictions. A message movie that can’t decide on its message. Can’t get much worse than that.