Technology has come a long way over the last few decades, and in the last few years huge strides have been made which have made it possible to connect people around the world. Technology is moving faster, reaching farther, and forming links like never before, but how much is too much? With advancement comes uncertainty; with innovation comes risk. As often as we see a life saved by groundbreaking medical technology, we see a life destroyed by the misuse of technology. We have been searching for ways control technology — the internet, mobile security, and the like — but how far have we really come?
That is foundation for the upcoming film Disconnect, a movie that aims to present problems that are real and personal; Problems that you and I deal with every day directly or through a family member or friend. Compared to Crash by more than one online critic, Disconnect is not one story, but four distinct branches. A lawyer struggles to balance work (symbolized by a smart-phone) and family; a couple deals with the consequences of internet security, or lack thereof; a widowed police office deals with the harsh reality of a child engaged in cyber-bullying; and a journalist looking to springboard a career through an adult website. How these individual stories come intertwine and come to fruition with eacho ther will make for one intense, emotional ride.
Classified as a dramatic thriller, Disconnect will provide audiences with an intimate look at how our lives have been changed by technology. The film debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and has already received several favorable reviews. Comparing it to 2005 best picture winner Crash, reviewers have praised its deep message and artistic delivery.
Disconnect is an indie film with several notable names filling the major roles. Jason Bateman, star of the recent Identity Thief, Alexander Skarsgård, Paula Patton, Max Thieriot, Frank Grillo, and Andrea Riseborough fill out a solid cast, but as is always the case in branching storylines, how the characters interact will determine the success of the message.
The director of the film, Henry Alex Rubin, does not have many credits to his name, but he did helm the critically acclaimed 2005 documentary Murderball. If he is able to successfully use his experience to capture scenarios that are believable and compelling, Disconnect could find its way onto the podium early next year. If the film is too preachy, however, and tries to knock audiences over the head with a heavy-handed life lesson, it may not have the success it hopes to achieve.
Disconnect will be released on April 12th, 2013, and has received an MPAA rating of R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language, violence, and drug use — some involving teens. The mature themes and adult messages should prompt parents to leave their kids at home for this one. The film was produced and will be distributed by LD Entertainment, and reviews are already starting to pour in. As always, check back here for the latest news, inside reports, trailers, pictures, and videos.
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