With the gift of Technology also comes the curse of misuse. While Steve Jobs and his team at Apple gifted us the Ipad which was a technical and visual wonder, Henry Alex Rubin gifts us a film that shows us how the same Ipad, in the wrong hands, can be turned into a sharp and snazzy weapon that could become devastating enough to bring someone on the brink of death in the matter of a few click. Not that he professes a world without technical advances but he also doesn’t shy away from showing what horrifying effects the wrong use of technology could have on us. In doing so Rubin is successful at creating a film which everyone tangled with technology will find a connect with. Presented in multiple storylines, each dealing with a different menace, Disconnect explores some gritty and stark realities bringing together a gamut of characters bound together by nothing else but the World Wide Web.
A Father looking for the reason why his teenage son tried to hang himself, a News Channel Correspondent looking for a sensational story in a porn rig, a broken couple looking for their lost money, A computer consultant looking for the couple’s lost money and also trying to straighten out his relation with his own son, Two kids looking to have fun at someone else’s cost, all come together to make up the narrative of this thrilling ride into human psyche where we are not afraid to hurt each other as long as we know that we are not going to get hurt ourselves. As the promos would tell you, Disconnect is truly a story about people trying to find human connections in a wired and many times wireless world.
Each of the stories are riveting with some having an extremely depressing effect on us but by the end a bleak but sure silver lining is visible which makes the matter somewhat acceptable. Each of the stories builds up from scratch right moving parallel to each other. The climax is a collage of each of the stories reaching their pinnacle with cut in scenes from each of the stories depicting its finale. Shot in high frame rate slow motion, it provides an orgasmic feel after such a satisfying and absorbing two hours of deft screenplay. The pieces are so efficiently arranged that the viewers will neither loose a single track nor miss any detail about the stories involved making the finale even more worthwhile. While the development is parallel, each of the stories follows its own distinct path culminating in one hell of a climax.
The performance from the ensemble cast is natural and at many junctures defining. Jason Bateman as the lawyer stuck to his phone who realizes his son’s value after he attempts suicide and ends up in hospital. The way he goes about recreating his past to find out the perpetrators and his frustrations at not being able to nail them is wonderfully brought out by Bateman. Frank Grillo as the cool and calculative father trying hard to match ends meet with his son who inturns has bullied some kid nearly to his death is decent. Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgård as the couple who become the victims of a cyber-crime which brings out the wounds that they have been hiding from the world are great. Patton’s eyes speak volumes and she is truly amazing in the emotional scenes where nothing is said. Skarsgård does his part to the ‘T’. Andrea Riseborough is the glamour of the film. As the New Channel correspondent, she emanates a radiating charm which is bound to be noticed. Her scenes with Max Thieriot who plays Kyle, an underage sex worker are brilliantly filmed keeping in mind the limitations that the society and her profession has on them. Michael Nyqvist in a brief role is stunning.
Overall, Disconnect is one of the best films on the internet to have come out since The Social Network. It should be watched again and again not only for its entertaining and shattering content but also for the amount of human drama that it has to offer. A thoroughly entertaining and enlightening film.