Review: In 'Disconnect,' the Internet Is a Dark Place

Disconnect tries, and fails, to illuminate the ways we live online
Illustration by Chandra Illick

The central premise of Disconnect, a movie starring Jason Bateman and Hope Davis, is that for all our talk of connectivity, networks, and links, our dependence on technology is leading to greater isolation. We’ve never been more connected; we’ve never been more alone. Directed by Murderball helmer Henry Alex Rubin, Disconnect is born of the Crash School of Pretentious Plotting. You remember Crash—the worst movie to ever win Best Picture? Like that simplistic exercise in emotional manipulation and statement making, Disconnect has a single theme: The Internet is a cesspool. Not a way for couples to meet cute, à la You’ve Got Mail, not a source of untold riches, as in The Social Network. Nope, on the Internet our most base, venal, and hurtful instincts take over and are given wide open spaces to roam.

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