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Silver Circle (2013) - A Movie Review

Silver Circle, the movie directed by Pasha Roberts, premiers across the nation this week in a few select theaters.  I was very concerned going into the theater having seen a couple of trailers several times and remaining unimpressed.  I hoped that the screenplay by Steven Schwartz (the quality of writing) would make up for technological limitations of the film.  Fortunately, I believe it does.

Silver Circle takes place just six years from now with the Federal Reserve (The Fed) in effect running the government.  In the three years making this movie some of the things they show The Fed doing have already come true.  The opening of the movie is well done with getting right to it.  Classic opening for an action flick.  A fully functioning suburban community is forcibly shut down by armed murderous government thugs with the goal of pushing housing prices up.  Shades of FDR.  People's perfectly good housing are now sitting vacant.  Someone (the rebels) blows them up.

Enters our government hero, Jay Nelson, to investigate the arson.  Tracking down the clues leads him to our protagonist and romantic interest Zoe Taylor who is also a rebel and has her own agenda.  But before she can implement that she needs to keep Jay alive and woo him over to her cause.  What is her cause?  To manufacture and circulate illegal silver coinage that holds its value in a inflationary world.  Which in turn undermines The Fed's ability to steal people's labor through inflating their paper dollars and to capitalize on the loss of value in the public's currency by buying assets (property) with newly made dollars before their true value forces prices on such property up.

The trail leads Jay Nelson to begin to question his loyalties to the government.  And Zoe Taylor's trying to keep him alive while he figures out who's side he is on. 

Does it work as a plot?  Yes it does.  There is some cliches in the beginning that made me groan, but overall it does a good job of delivering its message of sound money versus unbacked paper money and why the latter is undesirable.  It is in a format that will speak to kids and the under 30 crowd.  And it is only 90 minutes in length so there is no time to get bored.   

Silver Circle is a technological low budget project.  I was rather curious how much was spent making it?  Basically it is old tech idea of filming actors and cartooning (animating) over them.  Shades of Ralph Bakshi.  In this case, grabbing unknown actors to work cheap.  Cartoon over the characters in I presume a very cost effective technology and put the digital film out.  Does it work?  I don't know.  It looks like a video game.  At times the characters are jerky in motion, bowlegged and sometimes proportions are off.  But it is not too distracting and if it means more people can make such video collaborations well I think that would be great.  I really hope the film is low enough in cost that it makes a profit.  That will mean more such projects can be done.  I am sure director Roberts has ideas on how to do better next time.  And I think there will be a next time.  And while I don't think these productions will find their way into theaters they could certainly make money in pay per view, DVD distribution (even online) and Blueray disk distribution. 

It would be well worth seeing and keeping a copy of a DVD on hand (if one is ever released).  My guess is your best bet if you are a Netflix, Blockbuster or similar subscriber is to put this movie into your future cue so your provider knows there is an audience.  A few lucky cities will have an opportunity to see it on the big screen

Not surprisingly I read an awful lot of nasty anti-libertarian messages on trailer sites and the few movie reviews are also unsurprisingly not favorable mostly poking fun at crazy anti-establishment libertarian and anarchist philosophies.  I am glad they were paying attention.  As for those who know something is very, very wrong with their future this movie shows them why in a pretty simple yet entertaining message.  No wonder the critics don't like it.

Pasha Roberts first short film series, "Save Sonny" (2008)

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