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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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Storyline

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

Gross USA:

$7,435,950
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Nina Dunham: I'm a reporter, I was wondering if I could interview you.
Kyle: I don't know.
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Spoofs Children of the Corn (1984) See more »

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Birthday Boy
Performed by Kidstreet
Written by Karl Snyder, Edna Snyder
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Must-See Cautionary Tale for All Netizens
25 June 2013 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

I have not seen a movie like "Disconnect" in a long while. It has this style of telling about the lives of various different seemingly unconnected characters working up to one common story that intertwines all of them together. A decade ago, this style was very popular. This was first brought to prominence by the acclaimed Mexican movie "Amores Perros", and then we saw it in "Traffic", "21 Grams", culminating in the Oscar Best Picture Award given to "Crash." "Disconnect" brings us back to those days when complex intersecting story lines ruled the cinemas.

"Disconnect" leads us into the lives of four characters and their families. What all of them have in common is that they all have been a victim of some sort of Internet crime and abuse. The start of the film was very discomforting to watch. We witness how various internet chat sites can be so dangerous. This is true whatever the nature of this chat site is, whether this is a private pornographic live chat room or a support group chat room for bereaved families. We will see sexual exploitation, bullying, fraud, identity theft, and various other internet crimes in action. We will also see the adverse effects these crimes have on the victims and their loved ones.

The actors were all very good in their roles. I recognize a few of them. Jason Bateman (from "Horrible Bosses") is the busy lawyer whose introverted son was bullied at school. Paula Patton (from "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol") is a lonely neglected wife who confides her problems on a chat room with someone who could have just stolen all their money. Andrea Riseborough (from "Oblivion") is a television journalist determined to go up in her profession even if it would cause problems to the young man who granted her the interview which would land her on CNN. The other young actors playing the bully, the bullied, and the sex site boy toy all gave memorable performances as well.

The pace of the movie is slow, and I think this was deliberate to make us feel how insidious these crimes can be. They can be happening to us without us ever knowing about it, until the consequences hit us squarely on the face. The director makes us of very dramatic camera angles and apt visual effects to emphasize his points. The editing done was very effective to create an intense feeling of dread and tension. Despite the PG rating given this film locally, the topic of the film is very adult, as well as the treatment, with scenes of nudity, sex, drugs and violence.

This is a very serious and very thought-provoking film for this Internet Age we are in right now. In our obsession to remain connected to our virtual world on our favorite social media sites, are we actually being disconnected from our very own families, and other flesh and blood people around us? A must-see for all netizens. Highly recommended. 8/10


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