Right off the bat, I was stunned by these performances. Jason Bateman shines in this dramatic setting. I had no doubts, but itís nice to see his range extend beyond comedy for a change. Alexander Skarsgard was also a surprise. TRUE BLOODís Eric Northman is a character favorite of mine, but other than that, Skarsgardís gotten only small roles or cameos. I was happy to see him work his magic here and I hope it pays off for the guy. Also, a nice shout out to UNDER THE DOMEís Colin Ford, and BATES MOTELís Max Thieriot, who both nailed it. The stories were simplistic, sure, identity theft, cyber-bullying and crooked reporters, but these characters were richly written, empathetic and very likable (you know itís well done when I care about a dude who gets naked for cash on a webcam site). I expected more from the ending, it was good, but I felt they could have upped the ante a notch.
DISCONNECT will have you wired in and emotionally tapped from start to finish. The core problems herein cover such a wide range of issues, so Iíd find it hard to believe if most people didnít relate in some way. For me, the wake-up call was cyberbullying. How the times have changed since I was in School. Itís downright chilling to see how easy it is to create a false Facebook account and pretend youíre someone else. This concept in itself, was tackled perfectly in a couple other movies I reviewed, TALL HOT BLOND and CATFISH, both equally powerful. This is a great film about how lost, and alone we sometimes are in the fast-paced world of today, and I sincerely urge you not to miss or overlook it.
Making the Connection: Behind the Scenes of Disconnect: We get a decent half hour of explanations and views about how and why it came to be, and why itís relevant. Very interesting piece.
Recording Session: On the Nature of Daylight for Disconnect: Four minutes of discussion on the main musical piece which is great and all, but I think they should have tacked it onto the end of the last feature as it doesnít feel necessary as a separate one.
Previews: Thereís a theatrical trailer, some additional previews as well as a Ultraviolet Digital Copy of the film.