Film Review: Disconnect

Louis Vuitton Host Richard Prince Dinner at the Serpentine Gallery in London on June 24, 2008

Disconnect, a film directed by Henry Alex Rubin and written by Andrew Stern, focuses on the way our lives intersect digitally but never quite connect.

Disconnect involves three intersecting stories: a couple who are drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online, a widowed ex-cop who struggles to raise his son who cyber-bullies a classmate, and a journalist who interviews a teen that performs on a porn site.

The film stars Jason Bateman and Hope Davis as the parents of the bullied son and surprisingly, fashion designer Marc Jacobs plays a porn baron in his on-screen debut.

This movie hit home on many levels.  For example, I own two cell phones and have more than ten email addresses.  My blackberry is the very first thing I look at after my alarm clock rings each morning.  I no longer talk on the phone and worse, I resent receiving calls.  I catch up with friends remotely and no longer have to bother to speak or see them.

I can create multiple versions of who I am, make plans and break them.  Yet no one is forcing accountability because, despite my two phone numbers and ten email addresses, they can’t get a hold of me.  With one click, I can “friend” and “de-friend” a person with no need for explanation.  In fact, I no longer have to leave my home to run my life.

Clearly, something is amiss in our social interactions.  We are connected yet even more disconnected.

Disconnect is definitely worth seeing if, for nothing  else, a reminder to take a moment  before reaching for the gadgets that run our lives and be still, listen and think about the consequences of our actions.




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