Disconnect (2012 film)

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Disconnect
Disconnect poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Alex Rubin
Produced byMickey Liddell
William Horberg
Jennifer Hilton
Written byAndrew Stern
StarringJason Bateman
Hope Davis
Frank Grillo
Andrea Riseborough
Paula Patton
Michael Nyqvist
Alexander Skarsgård
Max Thieriot
Music byMax Richter
CinematographyKen Seng
Editing byLee Percy
Distributed byLD Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • September 11, 2012 (2012-09-11) (Toronto)
  • April 12, 2013 (2013-04-12) (United States)
Running time115 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1,436,900[1]
 
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For the 2013 documentary film on cell phone radiation, see Disconnect (documentary film).
Disconnect
Disconnect poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Alex Rubin
Produced byMickey Liddell
William Horberg
Jennifer Hilton
Written byAndrew Stern
StarringJason Bateman
Hope Davis
Frank Grillo
Andrea Riseborough
Paula Patton
Michael Nyqvist
Alexander Skarsgård
Max Thieriot
Music byMax Richter
CinematographyKen Seng
Editing byLee Percy
Distributed byLD Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • September 11, 2012 (2012-09-11) (Toronto)
  • April 12, 2013 (2013-04-12) (United States)
Running time115 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1,436,900[1]

Disconnect is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Henry Alex Rubin and stars an ensemble cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Andrea Riseborough, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Alexander Skarsgård, and Max Thieriot.[2] The film also marks the acting debut of fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

Plot[edit source | edit]

People experience various negative sides of modern communication technology.

An up-and-coming reporter Nina has much success wiith her interview with underage chatroom worker Kyle. However, the FBI wants her to reveal his address. Since she has paid him she may have broken the law, allowing the police and her boss to put pressure on her to cooperate. She balances between wanting to avoid trouble for herself and wanting to save Kyle on one hand, and declining to betray him on the other hand. Anyway, he does not want to be saved and hates the trouble she has caused. Kyle's boss Hardy attacks the reporter, but due to Kyle's intervention she is not seriously hurt. Kyle leaves with Hardy.

Two boys, Jason and his friend Frye, impersonate a girl in an online chat and convince teenager Ben (the son of Rich, a legal counsel at the TV station where Nina works) to send them a lewd picture of himself. The boys distribute it to classmates. Ben is so embarrassed by this cyberbullying that he tries to commit suicide. He ends up in coma. Jason feels guilty and resumes the online chat, still impersonating the girl, with Rich, discussing being a good father (which he does not think his father Mike is); according to him Rich seems to be a better father. The boy also visits Ben in the hospital, where he meets Rich, and calls himself Mike. His father (the real Mike) discovers what Jason has been doing and is very angry. However, he protects his son by erasing the evidence on Frye's computer. Later Rich discovers what happened, and goes to Mike's house angrily. There is a fight.

The couple Cindy and Derek who recently lost their child struggle after their identities are stolen online. They hire private detective Mike to find the thief. They go after a suspect, but even after the detective phones them to tell that he is innocent, it comes to a fight, with the opponents threatening each other with guns.

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Release[edit source | edit]

Disconnect will be released in Hong Kong on 25th July 2013.[3]

Reception[edit source | edit]

Disconnect received generally positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 66% of 67 critics gave the film a good review, with an average rating of 6.5/10 and the consensus that "It's didactic in spots and melodramatic in others, but Disconnect's strong cast helps make it a timely, effective exploration of modern society's technological overload." Metacritic gives the film a score of 64 out of 100 based on reviews from 24 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Disconnect at Box Office Mojo Retrieved May 15, 2013
  2. ^ Kilday, Gregg. "Jason Bateman-Hope Davis Drama 'Disconnect' to Open Santa Barbara Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Disconnect Review". HK Neo Reviews. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  4. ^ Disconnect at Metacritic CBS Interactive accessdate 2013-06-01

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