Disconnect Movie Review – They say ‘curiosity killed the cat’. Well, in modern times, curiosity often exists in the form of wired technology that ‘connects’ people around the world. The problem thus becomes our lack of real human interaction as we indulge ourselves in the sometimes frightfully false world of the internet, cell phones, and the like. ‘Disconnect’, written by a virtual unknown and directed by someone more recognized for his documentary work than anything, is intriguingly haunting because of it’s uncomfortably relatable. Diving from the get go into the world of adult video chat rooms, Facebook friend requests, brainless viral videos obsession, cyber-bullying and excessive cellphone dependency, we’re introduced to more than a dozen people who find themselves in separate, though equally dramatic situations that change their lives in almost unimaginable ways.
With a large cast of seasoned actors (even the younger ones), ‘Disconnect’ is well-acted by everyone and feels authentic the entire way through. Initially, the story is almost playfully enticing… even funny at times. Then things get serious; then scary; then sad. As these characters try desperately to connect with each other in the physical world, they find themselves frantically trying free themselves from the chains of the modern digital lifestyle.
And for many people out there, it may very well hit close to home. Cyber-bullying in particular has been a major topic in news within the last couple years, bringing to light the very serious concesquences that can result from it. And you’re reading this review on the internet, so you can certainly relate to the immense focus that is placed on it within the film. Most of us use cellphones; many are smartphones capable of surfing the world wide web with a few clicks or gestures on a touch screen. How safe are we from personal information getting leaked or accessed by someone else? And what kind of affect would this have on our private lives?
‘Disconnect’ successfully takes us on an unforgettable ride through the lives of individuals who have to endure such nightmarish scenarios after the damage has been done, and they find themselves slipping further and further into despair. The serious and sad nature that makes up the majority of the plot, however, sometimes feels drawn out and as though the pain may never stop. But it’s also in these deeper moments where all actors give such great performances. An interesting observation might be the imbalance of protagonist and antagonist. This is because nobody is truly right in all their decisions, nor truly wrong… everyone is guilty of something. The characters make the choices they think is best at the time, proving their humanity – something that can’t be translated properly over something as crude as the internet.
In either event, you may leave ‘Disconnect’ feeling as though you’ve been punched in the gut (and maybe head) one too many times. You’ll then promptly go to a loved one, embrace them, and just be happy that the connection between you is real and hasn’t been lost to some digital wasteland… yet.
Note: If you’ve ever seen ‘Thirteen Conversations About One Thing’, you may immediately recognize the structure and tone of ‘Disconnect’ as being similar… just with a more modern technological focus.