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DISCONNECT follows a collection of fascinating characters: a hard-working lawyer attached to his cell phone yet, can’t find the time to communicate with his family; a couple drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online; a widowed ex-cop struggling to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate; and an ambitious journalist seeing a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues, and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today’s wired world.

The thriller is directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and has an incredible cast that includes Jason Bateman, Hope DavisFrank GrilloMichael Nyqvist, Paula PattonAndrea Riseborough and Alexander Skarsgård.

This is one of those movies that is so much better than you think it’s going to be. The story touches on several important subjects including bullying, parents too busy for their children, theft and taking something a little too far. All of these people and their problems all come together in Disconnect in such a cool and unique way. I feel that so many people could watch this one and really learn something from it.

One piece of the story follows a father who is always too busy for his son who is going through being bullied. The kid goes through so much that he tries to commit suicide. This begins to open his father’s eyes so he tries to connect via the internet with a troubled kid who goes to school with his son who not only has some information to share but is also guilty of cyber-bullying, one of the reasons behind this suicide attempt. Another story follows a young couple who go through credit fraud and we watch the young man do anything to find out who is behind this so he can exact his own revenge. Another story follows a journalist who gets involved with a young male prostitute she meets online. She wants to do a story on him to further her own career but also betrays him and the trust she builds while doing so. This situation also almost begins deadly for her. Somehow, someway all of these people get linked up with one another in some sort of fashion and how this is done is very smart and packs a really hard punch of reality.

Disconnect has an amazing story, it’s very well written, it’s smart and the movie itself is directed amazingly by Rubin who had directed nothing but docs before t his movie. The thing about these stories is we all have gone through something like this or know someone that has. The cast is amazing but watching Jason Bateman in such a dramatic role was really intense and he hits it out of the park! I’m so used to seeing him in comedic roles and this is such a departure for him.

The DVD packaging comes with a slip cover featuring a few of those infamous floating heads that are so popular on so many movie posters. The back includes movie details, a few images and special features listing.

Bottom line is, Disconnect is truly a can’t miss thriller that hits close to home in so many ways and is honestly one of the best movies I’ve sen this year. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and feel that it is a must see so be sure you check out the DVD when it releases on September 17th.

Run Time: 115 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features:  The Behind-the-Scenes featurette is fantastic and easily my favorite here, it includes good stuff from the cast and crew and is a great watch.

  • Audio Commentary with director Henry-Alex Rubin.
  • Making the Connections: Behind-the-Scenes of Disconnect
  • Trailer
  • Ultraviolet
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