Disconnect Movie Reviews
User reviews on Disconnect
This is a suspense filled thriller that explores the dangerous potential of the Internet in ways you probably did not want to think about - but after seeing this movie you will.
This movie zooms in the lives of three indivuduals, and the way something of great importance is stolen from their soul in the curse of Internet crimes.
This movie reminds me of Crash, but much more raw and intense. The performances are extremely realistic - you might really think the crmes are happening to you.
OMG you guys ... as my daughter would say! Finally, a movie that shows the dark side of social media that I am always warning my kids about! Don't get me wrong, I'm on facebook and twitter and all that jazz, but I have heard too many sad stories about young kids and teens having their lives destroyed by bullies and aggressors on sites like Facebook who use the power of instant transmitting of information to spread lies and intimidate other people. This movie shows just how easy it is to be taken advantage of and to take advantage of someone else, even if you only intend it to go so far. Performancewise, it's nice to see Jason Bateman in a serious role where he isn't required to be a smarmy wisecracker. He plays the part with total conviction and you totally buy it. The movie has been compared to Crash and I get why, but this movie feels more relevant to today's audience.
It might just be me, but when watching Henry Alex Rubin’s new film Disconnect it felt to me like it cut just a bit too close to the bone to make for a satisfying viewing experience…and yet it feels too fictionalized at the same time.
The film is constructed along the lines of the Oscar winning Crash, a film which I still maintain was undeserving of its Best Picture win and which still feels like a well-intentioned but flailing experiment even today. But Disconnect doesn’t even have the gravitas of Crash despite its best intentions.
The film is about three separate plotlines all revolving around the idea of cyber bullying and internet fraud- crimes which we know have devastated many lives in real life and which has too often resulted in the suicides of too many teenagers. That the film only scratches the surface (just like Crash) without going into the deeper psychological, social, and yes, legal ramifications of the very new phenomenon of mass populations using social media to broadcast not only news and opinions, but every detail of the personal lives.
These kinds of stories are perhaps better suited to miniseries on television where writers and directors can fully explore these issues in ways that feel more than merely serviceable.
I enjoyed watching this film and recommend seeing it in the theaters. The theme of the film was very clearly stated and the story had a nice pacing and dramatic impact. I did find the film to be a little predictable but I still had a good time watching it. I found the film to be quite intense and emotional and I enjoyed the characters and how the stories connected in the end. The film’s strongest aspect is a strong narrative and the ability to involve the audience and make people care.