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New Movie Review

"Disconnect"

Thriller. Rated R. 1 hour, 55 minutes.

Photo by Phil Bray – © 2013 - LD Entertainment

Jason Bateman, Hope Davis and Haley Ramm in "Disconnect" - 2013

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

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"Disconnect" 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.

OVERALL RATING: B

 

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"Disconnect" movie poster

 

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