Disconnect focuses around three stories: a teenage boy being cyber bullied; a couple who have their credit card and banking information stolen; and a reporter trying to do a story about youths being exploited in a sexual chat room.
Although there are three different stories, they each share a common theme – how difficult it is to maintain real human connection in a world that is so technology driven. With a theme so relevant, Disconnect is an emotionally resonating film. The stories are fictional, but they are so similar to things you hear on the news everyday. It is gut wrenching to see the stories play out beyond the headlines.
Director Henry Alex Rubin does an astounding job at alienating the characters through their technology. I felt each loneliness as if it were my own. Rubin uses his talented ensemble cast to the best of everyone’s ability. Disconnect is a film that makes you think twice before texting while at dinner, and that is no small feat. It is a film that stays with you long after the credits roll.
Is Disconnect Essential TIFF Viewing?
Albeit, this is pretty mainstream to put on your must-see list, but I suggest you do so. Like I said, it is a movie that stays with you for days to come. It really does pack an emotional punch worth the price of admission.
Disconnect Screening Times
- Sunday, September 16 at 9:15 am at Scotiabank 3
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