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Disconnect
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10.08.2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Henry-Alex Rubin

Actors:
Jason Bateman
Alexander Skarsgard
Hope Davis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of strangers, drawn together through a series of unfortunate circumstances, struggle against the very real dangers of todayís online world.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
DISCONNECT is presented in the same vein as CRASHóa series of people struggling under different circumstances end up connected in some fashion or another. But unlike CRASH, this story speaks volumes about todayís state of affairs online. Much like the title suggests, technology via the internet, cell phones, tablets and what have you, have disconnected us from the world on some level, leaving most people feeling alone. I live beside an elementary school and it baffles me when I see groups of three or four kids walking home eyes all glued to the phones in their hands. Remember when Sandra Bullockís movie, THE NET, came out back in 95? It blew our minds to think that we could actually live our lives completely online and never have to leave home. Suffice to say, that day is here, but itís by no means a good thing. This flick is a powerful, and emotional example of how technology is becoming the master, and weíre becoming the slaves.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Henry-Alex Rubin throws down a solid commentary track with loads of insight. Heís an impressive dude who first caught my attention a ways back with the documentary, MURDERBALL.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Itís a crazy world out there, but Iím sure you donít need me (or any movie) to figure that out. Be that as it may, it never hurts to put our lives under the magnifying glass from time to time, and this is one film that will not only open your eyes, it may even make you re-evaluate a thing or two.
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11:43AM on 10/08/2013
I liked this movie way better than Crash. It feels like an accurate testament to what we've become these days.
I liked this movie way better than Crash. It feels like an accurate testament to what we've become these days.
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