Everyone is fighting to get ahead. Every cause has an effect.
These are the words that we see during the trailer for “Disconnect” a new Drama/Thriller starring Jason Batement, Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgård. These words are true in all aspects of life, and the same theme has been used in countless ensemble dramas in the past. From the good ones, such as ‘Crash’ and ‘Babel’ to the not so good like ‘The Air I Breathe.’ These films show us interconnected stories, all effecting one another and highlighting to consequences of our actions on us and those around us. Been there, done that.
Well, here’s the thing. ‘Disconnect’ presents us with a new angle on the formula, in that it takes us there with a particular focus on the ‘digital’ world that we all live in today whether we realize it or not. This is what actually has me pretty excited for this one. Having worked in the world of digital advertising and web analytics, I am all too familiar with with the capabilities presented to us in our every day life by the world wide web. Directed by Henry Alex Rubin, best known for his documentary on wheelchair rugby ‘Murderball,’ the film seems to be placed in an area where it risks being too preachy with it’s message. However, a little subtlety goes a long way and if Rubin is able to employ this during his high tension drama I think we could be on our way to a winner.
Now, having watched the trailer I was very excited. Granted, the trailer for the film is accompanied by the song ‘Sail’ by AWOL Nation, and I’m pretty sure you could watch your grandma watch your grandpa watch paint dry to that song and still be completely thrilled by it. It is a great song. As a matter of fact, I’d like to remove the song from the trailer and see what I think of it. Wouldn’t that be an interesting experiment. Maybe I’ve found my next article piece. I’m sure you’re all thrilled to read it. But I digress.
Back to the film. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jason Bateman. The guy really is hilarious. But once I saw Juno, I also realized that this guy can act. He never gets the serious roles, but in the few I’ve seen him in, he really nailed it. It is difficult to describe how fantastic his work was in Juno, as he managed to present a character who was acted flawlessly but you had absolutely no idea whether to love him or be repulsed and sickened by him. Truly a great performance, and I see potential for another similar effort here. The rest of the cast are also great actors, who’ve proven their worth in a variety of films, some big name and some lower budget fare.
What I think will also be a very effective aspect of this film is quite simply it’s relevance and ability to really touch, inform and even scare the audience. While much of it will be dramatized and embellished, the audience will soak it up, since we all know everybody loves a little conspiracy, controversy and something to worry about. Movies like ‘Catfish’ have shown us the realities we face with the world of social media, and the transferring of every day activities such as banking to the internet. I am surprised we haven’t seen a film take this and turn it into an ensemble drama in the way ‘Disconnect’ appears to be attempting to do. If the film presents very real and tangible concerns and fears, then great. If it is able to entertain us in the process even better.
Keep you eyes out for this one, which gets theatrical release on April 12. Check out the trailer below and see what you think. That damn song man.