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Disconnect (2012)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 5 July 2013 (USA)
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A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.

Director:

Henry Alex Rubin (as Henry-Alex Rubin)

Writer:

Andrew Stern

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Rich Boyd
Hope Davis ... Lydia Boyd
Frank Grillo ... Mike Dixon
Michael Nyqvist ... Stephen Schumacher
Paula Patton ... Cindy Hull
Andrea Riseborough ... Nina Dunham
Alexander Skarsgård ... Derek Hull
Max Thieriot ... Kyle
Colin Ford ... Jason Dixon
Jonah Bobo ... Ben Boyd
Haley Ramm ... Abby Boyd
Norbert Leo Butz ... Peter
Kasi Lemmons ... Roberta Washington
John Sharian ... Ross Lynd
Aviad Bernstein ... Frye
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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 LD Entertainment

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language, violence and drug use - some involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desconexión See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$210,744, 3 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,435,950, 19 May 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Royal Regency Hotel featured in the movie is located in Yonkers, NY. See more »

Goofs

With the exception of Nina Dunham's iPhone 5, the phones used by most characters are actually iPod Touch devices. See more »

Quotes

Mike Dixon: If you want to fuck with somebody, you do it to their face! You hear me, tough guy?
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Sail
Performed by AWOLNATION
Written by Aaron Bruno
Published by AWOLNATION Music / Red Bull Media House GmbH AKM/AUME
Administered by Kobalt Music Services Ltd.
Courtesy of Red Bull Records
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Real and virtual existences entangled
14 April 2013 | by Wolfgang KochSee all my reviews

This movie has three parallel stories, with one important thing in common: real lives unravel as their presence on the media, especially the social media, spirals out of control. Moreover, as it turns out, each story ends up intersecting with one or both of the others.

There is Ben, a lonely teen who is hideously deceived and then callously exposed on the Web by two mean-spirited schoolmates. This drives Ben to make a grave decision that will leave his future hanging by a thread and his parents and sister reeling.

Then there are Cindy and Derek, who are trying to grapple with the death of their baby. As if that weren't enough of an issue in their life, they discover their credit cards have been maxed out. The private eye they hire, Mike, backtracks Cindy's and Derek's every online move, with unexpected revelations. Moreover, the result of Mike's investigation turns out to compound the problem rather than solve it.

Finally, there is Nina, an up-and-coming TV news reporter who gets her hands on the life story of Kyle, an older teen engaging in a salacious line of work performed online in front of a camera. Nina's TV piece is at first widely applauded, but its broadcast unleashes an avalanche of trouble for both Nina and Kyle, as well as for other people in their career lives.

A ready interpretation of the title "Disconnect" is to associate it with the dangers of "disconnecting" with real people in the real world. And indeed: people in this movie do communicate a lot via text messaging, and in chat rooms. In these spheres, things are sometimes not what they seem—and neither are people: two characters make up another, and communicate with someone else pretending to be that person, with potentially lethal consequences.

But the title "Disconnect" can also be taken as an imperative: "Disconnect!" Log off already! Otherwise, you will forget real existences cannot be edited, backed up, deleted, and restored like virtual ones. Actually, real life in this movie interferes with virtual plots in a way that even the latter take unintended twists and turns.

It turns out Mike not only changes Cindy and Derek's life (they set out to make a dramatic move as a result of Mike's investigations), he also is forcibly involved in the story around Ben. Ben's dad, in turn, is a legal counsel at the TV station where Nina works; that way, he is drawn on two fronts into the fallout from risky behavior of teens on the Internet.

While this is Nina's immediate connection to another story in this movie, the mere fact that she is a TV personality probably superimposes her story on the others: just as everybody is online these days, everybody still consumes sensational TV news. (Need it even be said: when you turn on your TV, you also "disconnect" from real life.)

The three stories progress at a similar pace and climax at the same time. After all the scheming, searching, plotting, and just plain misunderstanding emanating from cell phones and computer keyboards, the scenes suddenly stop in freeze-frame. Real-world existences clash in an ultimate, inevitable collision. The disconnect comes home to roost.


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