Kernel Rating (out of 5): 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 90 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. The film is overtly, obviously political, but it’s also animated, which creates a kind of distance from the characters. There’s some cursing, violence like arson and class struggle, drug use, and implied sexual behavior. Some of the politics might go over the heads of younger teenagers who aren’t necessarily interested in that kind of thing, but high school sophomores and older could get it.
Movies have agendas all the time—documentaries especially, like ‘How to Survive a Plague,’ often have some serious stakes at play. ‘Silver Circle’ is a kind of far-right experiment, decrying the federal government and the Federal Reserve, but simplistic politics and a poor animating style make it practically insufferable.
By Roxana Hadadi
In a dystopian future where the U.S. federal government is useless and the U.S. dollar is weightless, who is going to save the world? We’ve seen our country in shambles before—pfft, that storyline has been a mainstay in sci-fi for years—but it’s always the right-wingers as the fascists holding down the people. “Silver Circle” reverses that scenario, casting the greedy, liberal federal government as the bad guys, and of course director Pasha Roberts and writer Steven Schwartz can think whatever they want. But the film fails in fully articulating what they want to say, instead falling back on simplistic character stereotypes to keep this depiction of government corruption afloat.