Disconnect Movie Review
The Internet is an evil place. At the very least, it's a dangerous place, and the drama Disconnect shows just how dangerous. A teenage boy is cyberbullied to extremes. A couple's identities are stolen. A reporter uncovers an underage online sex ring. All bad things, but not a bad movie.
Disconnect didn't receive much of a theatrical release, and in all likely hood you've never heard of the movie. The film stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) and several others as part of the ensemble cast, all of whom deliver fine performances. Colin Ford and Haley Ramm are especially good.
The movie itself, directed by Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball) is oddly enthralling. With a melancholy soundtrack and crisp, intoxicating cinematography by Ken Seng, Disconnect is an engaging, gripping piece of work, even if the technical aspects help gloss over a simply average story.
While the film inspires fair warning to those using social media and other Internet temptations, the story - or stories, if you will - squarely falls into the shrugworthy category. It is fine in the moment, but when all is said and done the movie leaves little lasting impression. With exception to the cyberbullying segment, none of the other stories amount to a whole lot.
Still, Disconnect isn't a bad movie. The superb filmmaking manages to mask many of its shortcomings, and for all intents and purposes it's an entertaining, and engaging movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.