Disconnect

2013

Disconnect

Critics Consensus

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.

70%

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Total Count: 79

75%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 16,204
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Murderball director Henry Alex Rubin explores the destructive potential of the internet in this ensemble drama starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, and Alexander Skarsgård. His marriage dissolving before his very eyes, a former Marine (Skarsgård) ruins his credit by gambling online as his wife (Paula Patton) strikes up an intimate relationship on a popular social networking site. When identity theft puts their life savings at risk, the couple tracks down the man (Michael Nyqvust) they believe is responsible for the crime. Meanwhile, an introverted teenage goth (Jonah Bobo) becomes the victim of a humiliating prank when his two biggest tormentors pose as the girl he likes, trick him into exposing his true identity online. When the prank leads to tragedy, the young victim's mother (Davis) is overwhelmed by grief as her husband (Bateman) explodes with rage. Later, an ambitious TV reporter's quest to expose an online prostitution racket has unexpected repercussions for the frightened young man at the center of the growing controversy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Jason Bateman
as Rich Boyd
Hope Davis
as Lydia Boyd
Frank Grillo
as Mike Dixon
Michael Nyqvist
as Stephen Schumacher
Paula Patton
as Cindy Hull
Andrea Riseborough
as Nina Dunham
Colin Ford
as Jason Dixon
Jonah Bobo
as Ben Boyd
Haley Ramm
as Abby Boyd
Kasi Lemmons
as Roberta Washington
John Sharian
as Ross Lynd
Ryder Gering
as Drive by Bully #1
Andrew Seddon
as Drive by Bully #2
Nicholas Zakotiria
as Muscle Head
Alex Manette
as McManus
Deidre Daly
as Math Teacher
Darlene Troiano
as Drycleaning Customer
Mark Zupan
as Drug Dealer
Katelin Baxter
as Webcam Model #1
Jackie Austin
as Webcam Model #2
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  • Jan 14, 2017
    Powerful. I could relate with a person from each "story."
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2014
    Films that deal with problems and disorders have to be tackled in a specific way that you can connect with the characters and empathize their actions. This film did not do that for me. What felt like a 2 hour long PSA for a demonization of the online world, really didn't demonstrate that it's quite caught up with the current understanding of it. There are so many things that could've been different in this film but the writer failed to fully analyze situations when determining the outcomes. The film didn't feel authentic at all. The actors did the best they could with what they were given, which is what kept this movie interesting throughout. I tries to balance itself between a compelling drama and having a message which I didn't think worked out pretty well.
    Chris H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2014
    I felt that while the film covered very pertinent issues that have never really well-portrayed on film before, the script fell a bit short in developing these characters or perhaps the ending. Either way, the performances here are top-notch.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2014
    The internet is both a blessing and a curse~
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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