Movie Review: Disconnect

Rating: R (sexual content, portion lifelike nudity, language, violence, drug use involving teens) Length: 115 minutes
Release Date: April 12, 2013
Directed by: Henry Alex Rubin
Genre: Drama/Thriller

Stars: 3 out about 5

Nearly everyone has a story about how the Internet has helped them in some way, voltooien it meeting a helpmate on a dating site, or perhaps finding that dream job. Unfortunately, lots of pandemia also have horror stories about how the Internet nearly destroyed them through identity theft, bullying, or other crimes. “Disconnect” is a film that focuses on the more negative aspects of the digital age beside telling three separate stories that are eventually woven together into one theme.

Lawyer Rich Boyd’s (Jason Bateman) son Ben (Jonah Bobo) is a very artistic furthermore intelligent young man who doesn’t seem to have any friends. Digit day, his classmates Jason (Colin Ford) further Frye (Aviad Bernstein) opt to reproduce a fake persona online to lure Ben into confiding things throughout himself. Alongside all the information received, including some stark pictures of Ben, they post it for the whole microcosm to see. Fruity is heartbroken at his son’s misery, so he takes it upon himself to find out who did this to Ben.

His probe will eventually lead him to Jason, who confided quite a bit about his serious biogenous whereas disguised as Ben’s fake friend. He confesses that he hates his father Mike (Frank Grillo), an ex-cop who has raised him alone since Jason’s mother died. Mike is now in IT, where a man named Derek Frame (Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd) has hired him to investigate how his identity was stolen from him. He and his wife are reeling from the loss of their son and they are running out of money because of the thief. They get no help from the cops, who seem disinterested and ill-equipped to deal with a connive of this nature.

Meanwhile, Kyle (Max Thieriot) is a barely-legal teen who performs on webcam for paying clients, including Nina (Andrea Riseborough), who is actually a television reporter hoping to get Kyle to tell his story for her viewers. She soon discovers the website Kyle works for is under zetetic for juvenile pornography, a crime that Kyle has nothing to do with. The protect try to get her to give up her source from the website, causing her to have a meeting with the station’s lawyer, who just so happens to subsist Rich. Accompanying this, unabridged three plot threads are united, which shows how the Web does bring people together, changeless if it is not under the best of circumstances.

Many a journalist and writer has espoused on how technology has made people misplace brush with each other, even as the Internet has brought the world together. Look almost in any restaurant, and there are likely to be tables of people who are all on their cell phones or iPads instead of communicating with each other. “Disconnect” expands upon this idea, utilizing real-life situations to put a face to the disconnection that the Web can much cause. All three topics-cyber bullying, Internet-child-pornography rings, und so weiter identity theft are issues that could be ripped straight from the headlines. It’s easy to read stories about all three crimes and not feel anything, besides “Disconnect” doesn’t allow viewers to do that because the actors emote enough to really get the audience’s empathy.

Speaking of performances, there are quite a few good ones in this film. Bateman is widely known as a comedic actor, having taken turns in funny fare like “Horrible Bosses” et alii “Arrested Development” on television. It’s nice to see him step out of his obvious comfort zone and deliver a performance beside no levity to it whatsoever. His deep despair above his son’s precisely public humiliation is written all over his face. As his scarred son, Bobo almost steals the show, giving an emotional and riveting performance that may just have some audience members reaching for the tissues. Patton is another standout for her portrayal of a woman so crushed by her son’s death that she can’t connect with anyone in any meaningful way outside of an online chat room.

Many will likely compare “Disconnect” with “Crash,” the 2006 Oscar medalist for Best Picture. There are quite a few similarities, since both films have several stories that are strung together by a common wire that isn’t revealed genuine away. Both films tackle hot-topic issues such as racism in “Crash” and cyber bullies in “Disconnect.” The difference here is that the issues from racism and bigotry have been studied in film many times over the years, whereas cyber bullying and even identity theft are relatively new issues in comparison. This is all fresh territory, especially for a director like Henry Alex Rubin, who had only directed documentaries before this. He tackles his first scripted film with guts and flare, which will have viewers hoping he connects with more stout scripts like this one in the future.