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“Disconnect” – Review (POSITIVE)

May 20, 2013

Disconnect-MovieMuch in the same vein as “Crash”“Disconnect” is a multi-layered character drama about people and their daily lives. The topical focus of this film isn’t very controversial, but I feel like it’s something that has been lacking as a focus in cinema today. What’s that you may ask? The Internet.

The internet has come very far from the past decade and a half, I don’t think many of us expected to be in the state of relying on it so heavily to get by in our lives. But, where it positives can benefit us, there comes with a negative price at times, this movie shows us those negative aspects, and yes we’ve seen these kinds of things show up in the news, but to give us an in-depth character study about the actual victims, is quite eye opening in a lot of ways. That’s what I took away from this movie the most.

A hard-working lawyer (Jason Bateman), attached to his cell phone, can’t find the time to communicate with his family. A couple (Alexander Skarsgård & Paula Patton) is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop (Frank Grillo) struggles to raise a mischievous son (Colin Ford) who cyber-bullies a classmate (Jonah Bobo). An ambitious journalist (Andrea Riseborough) sees a career-making story in a teen (Max Thieriot) that performs on an adult-only site.

All these people strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide about ordinary people struggling to connect in today’s wired modern world.Perhaps a few of the stories in this film are near preposterous  the journalists’ & identity theft ones, but the others are quite grounded and quite provocative. The cyber-bulling story element is perhaps the one story I think many viewers are going to identify with the most. Bullying is a topic that continues to this very day, and cyber-bullying is a new form of an old thing that never seems to go away, unless we can make a statement. I’m not saying this movie will change bullying forever, but it does bring up the harshest realities to it and should be a wake up call to bullies and the bullied.

Performances all around are phenomenal, a large dynamic cast that finds it’s footing in every corner of the films multi-layered story. Bateman and Grillo are the two in this film I find that really shine, the two play fathers with conflicted issues that meet back around by the end of their stories timeline. It was strong, not to mention palpable, leading to a lot of audiences members wondering what is going to happen next. Thats what I love in a heavily character driven film.

“Disconnect”‘s strong cast helps make the film a timely, effective exploration of modern society’s technological overload obsession. My only hope is that more people will get to see this film and take something away from it, perhaps even feel something.

GRADE: A-

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