A new review from The Movie Snob.

Disconnect  (B-).  I don’t think this movie is getting a very wide release, so if you want to see it, you should probably jump on the opportunity.  It feels very much like the movie Crash from several years ago, in that Disconnect involves three separate plotlines that are only faintly connected by having one character be involved in both Plot A and Plot B, and a different character be involved in both Plot B and Plot C.  Anyhoo, this is a cautionary tale about some of the dark sides of our communications revolution.  In Plot A, a young married couple that is grieving the death of their baby gets thrown into further turmoil when their identities (and all their money) are stolen.  In Plot B, the most affecting storyline to me, Jason Bateman (TV’s Arrested Development) and Hope Davis (About Schmidt) play a married couple whose teenaged son falls victim to cyberbullying.  And in Plot C, an ambitious reporter (Andrea Riseborough, Oblivion) at a small cable station gets in over her head when she investigates a weird website where perverts can pay to watch teenagers engage in various kinds of conduct, and she befriends a young man involved in the “business.”  The acting is good, but the stories are a little clunky.  A lot of the drama involves characters staring at screens and typing on iPads or keyboards.  Still, it is worth seeing, especially for the story about cyberbullying.


2 comments on “Disconnect

  1. […] and Riseborough is a pretty, new face.  (I just realized, she’s also in the current release Disconnect as the ethically compromised news reporter.  I didn’t even recognize […]

  2. […] don’t know how I feel about this movie. It has a bunch of actors I like. Jason Bateman (Disconnect), Zach Braff (TV’s Scrubs), Charles Grodin (So I Married an Axe Murderer), Amanda Peet […]

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