Ah, the internet/hacker/computer movie. “The Net,” “Hackers,” “Firewall,” “Swimfan,” “FearDotCom“…for every “The Social Network” there are about five of those kinds of movies that leadenly and obviously point out the perils of going online. And thus, “Disconnect.”
Boasting a helluva ensemble — Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot — with the Oscar-nominated director of “Murderball,” Henry Alex Rubin, directing, you would think this might have something new to say about life in the modern, connected world. But alas, your credit card info will be stolen, you’ll be bullied, and sexual encounters will go awry. So let’s get a shotgun. Sigh.
We saw the movie last year at the Venice Film Festival where we called it ” ‘Crash’ for the web era” and “a film that feels both old-fashioned and like old news, revealing nothing new that wasn’t already suggested by some half-assed op-ed half a decade ago.” So yeah, keep those expectations in check.
“Disconnect” will hack into theaters on April 12th. Watch below. [The Film Stage]