A spooky mind-fuck suspense drama reminiscent of The Twilight Zone (or more recently, the BBC’s superb Black Mirror series), Circle hits its marks more often than not, and only rarely stumbles. Right off the bat, the movie tosses the audience into the void of the unknown right alongside the featured characters, who emerge from the pre-credit darkness observing a crowded room full of strangers. Each of these 50 strangers stands on a red circle not more than two feet in diameter, and are arranged in a larger grouping that is likewise circular. After a handful of deaths, the men and women realize that they are trapped in-place by an impersonal device, which sits in the middle of the room and zaps/kills people if they move outside their personal sphere. It gets worse, though: every few minutes, a countdown is initiated that forces
the group to vote for a sacrificial victim lest a random one is chosen for them.