zondag 4 mei 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 57: Disconnect

Director: Henry-Alex Rubin
Genre: Drama/ Thriller
Runtime: 115 minutes
Year: 2012
Starring: Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander SkarsgÄrd, Colin Ford, Jonah Bobo, Max Thierot, Haley Ramm

Description: A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.

Review: Internet isn’t without any danger, that’s what “Disconnect” proofs. The movie follows different characters, who are all dealing with their own problem with the online world. Cindy and Derek are the victims of identity theft and lose all their money. Lawyer Rich Boyd is so caught up in his job, that he loses contact with his family. His son Ben is a target of cyberbullies and tries to commit suicide. One of the boys feels remorse while his father is a cop fighting cybercrimes. Then there is journalist Nina Dunham, who is trying to save a young boy from a human trafficker.
The style of the film reminds me of movies like “Traffic” or “Babel”. Different stories that intertwine and overlap at some points. I work with kids and I know the danger of the internet and social media. News travels fast while it’s on the net. This movie pictures it a bit like a horror scenario, but it’s all possible.
Because of the good cinematography, the audience will stay focused and will feel for the characters. The way it was shot adds tension to the film. And the excellent acting is also a positive note. The style is fantastic, the story sometimes feels a bit repetitive.
I don’t know if the moral and the dangers of the internet will teach the viewers something. Because the internet is shown to us a one big danger zone, it doesn’t show us how to use it in a more safe way. Even though it has some small critical notes, “Disconnect” is definitely a movie worth watching.

Rating: 3,5/ 5

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