Sunday, April 23, 2017

Disconnect 2012

     Rich Boyd is a hard-working lawyer but he doesn’t take time for his family because he attached to his cell phone.  Cindy and Derek Hull are struggling over the loss of their baby and their current infertility problems.  They don't communicate with each other.  Mike Dixon’s wife died and he’s doing his best to take care of his son Frye Dixon.  Frye is at that teenage boy getting into trouble age.  Nina Dunham is a reporter and she approaches her boss with the idea of a story about a teen working an adult-only web site.  She forms a friendship with the teen because she doesn't want him to think she is just using him to get a story.
     All of the stories connect when a chain of events brings them together.  Rich’s son Ben Boyd is taken in by cyber bullying and one of the perpetrators is Frye Dixon.  Nina Dunham is an employee of the news company that Rich Boyd represents.  Cindy and Derek Hull hire Mike Dixon to help them when their identity is stolen from online information.  Cindy has been on an Internet bereavement web site.  All of the stories are good and complicated.  I think this film is better than a lot of other ensemble pieces because time is spent on each character and their problems.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

115 min, Drama directed by Henry Alex Rubin with Jason Bateman, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm, Hope Davis Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paul Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Thieriot, Colin Ford.

Note:  Imdb 7.6 out of 10, 67% audience 75% critic on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 289 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Elmsford, Yonkers, Long Island and New York City, New York.  Jason Bateman said this is his favorite movie he has worked on.  Except for Nina Dunham’s iPhone5, all the other phones are iPod Touch devices.

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