Friday, June 28, 2013 —
“Disconnect” also shares another trait with “Traffic” and “Crash”: a large and gifted cast. Jason Bateman, best known for comedies such as “Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses” and the sitcom “Arrested Development,” has received much praise for his dramatic turn as a father trying to understand his young son’s choices. Frank Grillo, “End of Watch,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” plays another father struggling to raise his teenage son alone. Colin Ford, “We Bought a Zoo,” plays Grillo’s son, the character making the greatest transition in the story, aptly handled by young Ford.
“True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgard and “Bates Motel’s” Max Thieriot also have pivotal roles in two distinct stories in the film.
In recommending the film, I would offer a word of caution. This is a very harsh film dealing with serious issues. Both the language and the problems explored are not appropriate for anyone under 17. Adults should also be cautioned that this film often depicts the darker side of the cyber world. It is sad, disturbing and unnerving all at once. This is not a feel-good movie; but as I often say, “All well-made movies, regardless of subject matter, are exhilarating works of art.”
“Disconnect” tells strong stories, packs deep emotion, creates authentic characters, and poses serious questions without coming off as preachy, condemning or condoning. As we move through the fifth month of 2013, “Disconnect” is currently the best film I have seen this year.
Roger Thomas reviews films for The Stanly News & Press and thesnaponline.com.