Way back in 2005 a low budget documentary called Murderball about quadriplegic rugby players competing in the Paralympics won me over in a big way. I loved that movie and continue to tell people they have to see it to this day. I’ve been waiting for another documentary from one of Murderball’s two directors. Well, Henry Alex Rubin has a new movie, but I’ll have to wait for another documentary. Disconnect is as raw and feels as real as a documentary at times, but is in fact a serious, no frills dramatic narrative and an effective one at that.
Following three separate stories that inevitably connect at one point or another, Disconnect is all about how disconnected we are in today’s technologically advanced world. Webcam sex acts for pay, identity theft and online bullying keep you wrapped up with anxiety and even a little sick with it’s grit and raw style. It’s hard to tell if Rubin is showing us how disconnected we all are or is warning us and in effect telling us to disconnect. Either way, this movie will stick with me for a good while. Jason Bateman is great in a rare dramatic role and the rest of the cast act like they’re performing for someone who has a history of dramatic features instead of a documentarian who hasn’t worked in 7 years.
4 0f 5
Must Watch = 5 0f 5 (See it in the theater if possible/buy it or pay for rental)
Should Watch = 4 of 5 (Worth sending away for)
Could Watch = 3 of 5 (If it’s on a pay channel or streaming for free)
Should Not Watch = 2 of 5 (Only if friends or family insist)
Do Not Watch = 1 of 5 (Don’t allow friends or family to make this mistake)