Wednesday, May 1 2013, 05:41 PM MDT
Movie Review: Disconnect
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Henry Alex Rubin
Starring: Jason Bateman, Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgard
Recommended To: Those looking for a challenging drama that addresses the side effects of living in a technologically connected world.
Synopsis: Disconnect weaves together the stories of Nina Dunham (Andrea Riseborough), a reporter looking for a story, Cindy and Derek (Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard), a married couple trying to take back their stolen identity and Ben (Jonah Bobo) is a teen on the wrong end of a prank.
Review: Disconnect is a rather grim look at the impact that the internet can have on a person’s life. It has some very interesting ideas from screenwriter Andrew Stern. Stern goes a little too far out of his way to connect all of the stories together and of the characters aren’t given much of an arc, but and the cast of familiar faces under the eye of director Henry Alex Rubin does a fine job of handling the material they have been given. The final act of the film does stray into melodrama as everything comes unraveled; it still delivers its message loud and clear. I particularly liked aspects of Cindy and Derek’s story and wish it had built up to a stronger finish. Despite these flaws Disconnect is worth a look even if only to see Jason Bateman in something other than a comedy.
-Ryan Michael Painter