Don't listen to the negative reviews
It’s an especially fun movie from a director and cast who are clearly having a good time allowing themselves to let loose.
The acting in this movie is really good.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
This is an overlooked gem of a film. I hate it when Hollywood ignores important movies like this because this film is important now more than ever. I highly recommend it for the great story, wonderful acting, and beautiful score. It's a touching, heartbreaking film that stuck with me long after I saw it. Watch it, it's a wonderful film.
At heart, Disconnect is drama film with the triggers being provided by modern day social issues such as cyber bullying, identity theft and online chat rooms. The movie starts off by tackling these issues by the way the sequence of events unfold. The storyline follows three threads - A high-school student falling prey to his peers who create a fake profile to mess with him, a journalist who forms a connection with an eighteen year old who performs on adult-only sites and a couple with a troubled past who have their identities stolen by a cyber criminal. What follows is pure drama-fest and does not leave much food for thought for tech enthusiasts except that mistrust of the internet is not a bad thing.From the perspective of a cinema enthusiast, Disconnect is a crisp, well-made film with stellar performances from the cast. The dialogue is simple and never gets too heavy or too light. The story line never gets boring and we do see some pieces of the separate threads come together smoothly reminiscent of movies such as Crash. We don't delve too deep into any of the characters but we empathise with each one of them. This says something about the right balance being struck in providing each character with just enough back story and dialogue. Any gaps in the writing could have only been exposed by bad acting but the cast delivers. Bateman, as always, gives a memorable performance and the child actors too play their roles convincingly. Fashion enthusiasts may recognise Marc Jacobs who plays the role of a pimp to perfection. Disconnect leaves you with the warm feeling of having seen a decent film but from the perspective of a tech enthusiast there is not much scope for thought except to never use your date of birth as your password and maybe research the stats on identity theft. Worth a watch but nothing special.
In three stories in the movie, it's a very successful story. I was scared watching the movie.
Ana Silva (Anaslair)
This movie approaches a multitude of situations any of us could encounter in today's world. We often think tragedy only strikes others, so it is definitely food for thought.Disconnect addresses situations we are all aware of but probably don't pay much attention to, as they are outside our little bubble. The movie confronts you with those awful situations and asks you what you would do in those characters' situation.The directing was very good. I can tell there was a lot of thought put into the set according to each particular characters' situations and even filming each scene.Pretty much the only downsides I found were the couple dealing with the loss of their son – they felt like strangers well before that event, it's like the husband's military past did not even happen up to that point, for example -, and the FBI being so inefficient felt like a plot device to get things to where they needed to be for dramatic potential. Also, I had trouble dealing with the slow pace.It makes sense because there are several different stories happening at the same time and due to the reality of the situations. There are no car chases or big explosions here, this is real life.The stories reach their climax in slow motion scenes but I just could not feel the impact as expected, for some reason. I guess I found the build up to some of them either too slow or that it did not have enough background/development or I just wanted more.Still, Disconnect is a very heartbreaking, real movie. The ending was just as realistic and I believe it is something everyone should watch, from as young as teenagers.