Barring a legitimate life or death situation, few scenarios can rival the sheer terror of a job interview. You have to be your best self and provide correct answers to open-ended questions while also conveying a sense of authenticity. That idea alone is enough to induce anxiety in anybody, but a newly released clip from James Ponsoldt's The Circle dials that awkwardness up to eleven and rips the knob off. Check out the clip below to see for yourself.
If you are feeling a bit anxious after watching that clip, then it probably means that you have sat through a job interview before. The sequence sees Emma Watson's Mae Holland interviewing for her dream job at an influential tech company and answering a series of unorthodox questions in a desperate bid for the position. The rapid-fire editing and performances in the scene lend a genuine sense of franticness through the entire affair, and James Ponsoldt makes it clear in the way that he handles this scene that we are meant to feel all of Mae's anxiety as she responds. I think it's safe to say that the tactics definitely work in this sequence.
Based on Dave Eggers' hit novel of the same name, The Circle tells a story that's uniquely tailored to the modern era. Centering on a tech industry icon who believes that he can change the world, the central narrative examines the concept of how human beings behave when they are being watched, and addresses questions about the nature of privacy in the digital era. It is clear from this scene that Mae Holland wants this job when she sits down for her interview, but by the time the story comes to an end, she may grow to regret that decision.
In addition to Emma Watson, The Circle has assembled an all-star cast of international actors. Among these performers include Tom Hanks (playing against type as the villain of the story), John Boyega, Karen Gillan, and the late Bill Paxton. Given the profound philosophical questions asked by the central story of the film, as well as the sheer amount of talent in front of and behind the camera, it does not seem outside the realm of possibility to imagine that The Circle could become an award contender later this year.
Check out a full trailer for The Circle below for a better look at the upcoming film.