Rated R. 1 hour, 55 minutes.
by Phil Bray – © 2013 - LD Entertainment
Bateman, Hope Davis and Haley Ramm in "Disconnect"
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is a movie about three groups of people searching for connections
on the internet. This drama/thriller intertwines ordinary lives
into a living hell. It is compelling in a way that is current
with the time we live in today.
One man, Rich Boyd
(Jason Bateman) is a lawyer, who is always connected on his blackberry
and has no time for his two kids. His son, Ben, (Jonah Bobo) is
a loner at a high school. His only love is music and puts his
songs on the internet. One day two boys from his school play a
prank on him and sends him a message on the internet.
They cyber-bully him
in a way that they portray themselves as a girl that is interested
in his music and wants him to write a song to her. He does, and
feels she is interested in him, then starts a conversation with
her. Then the prank gets personal and very sexual. She sends him
an explicit picture of her and wants one of him. With hesitation,
he sends one. Well the picture is sent to everyone in the school.
He feels ashamed, embarrassed, withdraws from his family and then
hangs himself. Rich begins a mission of finding the culprit.
There is also an ambitious
news reporter Nina Dunham, (Andrea Riseborough) goes on an adult-only
site and talks to an 18 year old named Kyle (Max Thieriot). She
makes him trust her so she can con him into interviewing him about
this sex-cam operation for the news. She tells him his identity
will not be revealed and his voice muffled. However, as the story
is aired on tv, CNN takes notice and wants to cover it nationally.
Then FBI comes over to her house and gets involved and wants her
to reveal her source. She, then, becomes emotionally involved
with Kyle and tries to help him.
Cindy (Paula Patton)
has become distant with her husband Derek (Alex Scarsgard) after
the death of their infant child. Derek has locked himself in a
world of his own and not wanting to talk about it. So Cindy, feeling
lonely, goes on the internet and starts an intimate conversation
with a man from this support-group website and ultimately becomes
victims of identity theft.
Henry Alex Rubin directed
the film while Andrew Stern wrote the screenplay. "Disconnect"
is rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language,
violence and drug use - some involving teens. Scenes for this
movie were shot at the Saw Mill River Motel in Elmsford, N.Y.,
Cross Country Shopping Center in Yonkers, N.Y. and throughout
several locations in Long Island and New York City.
These three scenarios
reflect the danger of being gullible on the internet. It makes
you stop and think of exactly what you are putting out there.
I was deeply involved in all three scenarios, which kept my interest.
Therefore, I would recommend this movie for all to see.
Look for "Disconnect"
in select theaters beginning Friday, April 19.
by LD Distribution