A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world. Written by
Director Henry Alex Rubin had always intended the title to be just a noun and was surprised by people who interpreted it as an imperative and a message from the film, saying "Disconnect [from the Internet]!" See more »
With the exception of Nina Dunham's iPhone 5, the phones used by most characters are actually iPod Touch devices. See more »
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**** (out of 4)
Excellent character study looking at a group of people who have their lives damaged due to activities that they do through the internet. One story deals with a married couple (Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgard) who are mourning the loss of their child when they discover that their identity has been stolen. A lawyer (Jason Bateman) tries to understand what happened to his son that made him do something drastic. A television reporter (Andrea Riseborough) uses an internet sex actor (Max Thieriot) for her own needs. A former cop (Frank Grillo) discovers that his son might have done something morally wrong. DISCONNECT eventually brings all of these stories together. There's no question that none of these stories are masterpieces and I think it's fair to say that many of them play out exactly like you'd expect them to. Normally this here would kill a movie but director Henry Alex Rubin and screenwriter Andrew Stern do a terrific job at giving us characters we care about, want to know more about and this helps carry the entire picture. I think this film offers up a very good concept of how people have lost touch with reality and sometimes enter dangerous situations online simply because they have nothing better to do or they're looking for some sort of connection that they can't find in their own lives. The film really does a good job at explaining all of these characters and really developing all of them so that you really do feel as if you know these people and understand everything they're doing and why. It certainly doesn't hurt that we're given so many excellent performances. Both Bateman and Grillo really stand out as parents who fear that they have let their children down. Thieriot, making waves on 'Bates Motel,' also is very good in his part. The entire cast really does shine and this here says a lot about their talent but also the screenplay, which gives them so much to do. Again, I think many people will see the ending coming but it really doesn't matter because of the emotional connection that you get with the characters. DISCONNECT is certainly a gem of a picture that shows what a great script, direction and acting can do.
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