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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Disconnect by Henry Alex Rubin, 2012 (R)

A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site.

This movie is interestingly good. The interconnected stories reminded me of the format of Crash of Paul Haggis, and little by little, you discover the characters and the catalyst that internet has been to discover another side of themselves. The fact that internet protects you from being identified allows them to become more vulnerable, interestingly enough, to the point where they end up with real world consequences. The topics have been all over the media, with real cases of harassment, identity thief, sex site using minors... This movie is one of the first entering the subject in an interconnected way, with an original script where no-one is either good or bad, just somehow irresponsible, and the cast is really holding the story together.

with Jason Bateman (Juno, Up in The Air), Hope Davis (Mildred Pierce), Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty, The Grey, Warrior), Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Paula Patton (Deja Vu, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Precious), Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer, Oblivion), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood, What Maisie knew, Melancholia), Max Thieriot (Chloe), Colin Ford (We Bought a Zoo), Jonah Bobo (Crazy Stupid Love), Haley Ramm, Norbert Leo Butz (The English Teacher, Dan In Real Life), Kasi Lemmons, John Sharian, Aviad Bernstein

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