Friday, April 12, 2013

Disconnect


Lovers of films like 'Crash', 'Magnolia', 'Babel', and 'Traffic' should get ready for another great emotional drama.  'Disconnect' seamlessly weaves together three storylines about disconnected people and the technology they use to make them feel more connected.  Incorporating identity theft, chat rooms, internet porn, and cyber bullying, this drama is a harsh and thought provoking look at the troubles that have arisen out of the internet.

Henry Alex Rubin, known for his 2005 documentary 'Murderball', ventures into the world of narrative filmmaking, and you would never know it was his first.  Rubin captured great performances from the entire ensemble cast, including Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, and Alexander Skarsgard, and crafted a very well made film that delivers on an emotional and intellectual level from start to finish.  It's the first movie of the year that could truly be considered award worthy (though it won't get any as it's way too early in the year, and arguably too derivative of the aforementioned interspersed/interconnected emotional dramas.)

Grade: A

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