Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: Disconnect

Release Date:  April 12, 2013
Running Time: 115 minutes
Starring: Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Jonah Bobo
Who to see it with: An online addict


Disconnect follows three separate story lines dealing with some of the darker aspects of the Internet.  One thread deals with social networking, another deals with online sex, and the last deals with identity theft.  The three seemingly unrelated stories end up interacting in interesting ways throughout the movie and ultimately come to a climactic conclusion.  If this sounds familiar, it's because the movie feels similar to Crash.  But, that was a good movie and this one is also.  Similar to Crash, there is some really great acting which causes you to empathize with the characters as the movie progresses (even some of the less likable ones).  The movie also has a great way of representing the online conversations by overlaying them in the scenes.  It shows a close up of one character with the online conversation next to them and lets you closely follow their reactions as it progresses.  This does a great job of showing how online conversations can be both unnerving because you can't see the other side, but for the same reason equalizing.  Some of the scenes were over the top and some of the characters made some stupid decisions.  But like Crash, this was a good movie that touches on a controversial modern subject.  

See it.

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