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You Guys! Seriously! The Internet is Scary and Mean! Disconnect Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 4, 2013 | Comments ()


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Oh my gosh, you guys, seriously, did you know that the Internet is not a magical wonderland of jelly beans, porn, and well-meaning dwarves? I mean we try to make our little corner that sort of utopia, but gosh it seems that there are some people that just feel a need to drop an upperdecker even if they're in Narnia's outhouse.

Well, never fear! Henry-Alex Rubin has assembled an all star cast of Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Thieriot, and Colin Ford to waste their time and raise awareness, in what is being described as Traffic or Crash except about the Internet instead of drugs or racism.

Here's the trailer:

Yeah, I've attended online the funeral of a friend I'd never met in person, technology has made every act of resistance against a dictator an internationally broadcast event, and I can find any fact known to the human race in thirty seconds on Google. The efficiency of communication means that no matter how small a niche you associate with, you are never alone and isolated, there are other people out there for you to find solace with. But there's a dark side here in which your teenager is text messaging at dinner. Oh the fucking humanity.

I've got a news flash: it's not technology destroying your family, it's the fact that your family is a bunch of assholes. And that's non-specific. Almost all families are composed of assholes. Ten years ago it would have been video games. Ten years before that it was Dungeons and Dragons. Ten years before that it was television. Ten years before that, I don't know, cheeky radio broadcasts?

Equally, please explain how having your finances wrecked because you gave the stripper your credit card number is an instance of you being an idiot right up until the point you did it on a website, and suddenly it's the darker side of technology. The internet makes communication monumentally easier. There are interesting takes on the dark sides of this, on how being able to communicate more efficiently causes society to shift in unpredicted ways. But this movie? This is demonstrating that idiots given better technology will simply leverage it to do stupid things more efficiently. And that's not tragedy, that's just comedy.

Here's the worse-than-usual terrible plot synopsis:

A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world.

Disconnect is being released sometime in April, but I'm not telling you when. It's a public service.




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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • *de-lurks*
    That looks God-awful. I think I felt my brain smooth out in a couple corners while watching. I hate you all, now.
    *slouches back into cave*

  • BiblioGlow

    Ha! "I think I felt my brain smooth out in a couple corners while watching" is one of the greatest insults I've ever come across, and if you don't mind I plan on using it in my life as soon as possible.

  • Red Rage

    I was gone as soon as that song started playing. All I imagine is a cat jumping out of a window now when I hear "Sail"

  • Nicolae

    I'm always amused when parents who complained about their kids making a peep at the dinner table later piss and moan about the child silently texting and not making conversation with them. Why do people always hate getting what they've wanted?

  • $27019454

    If, at some point in his career, Skarsgaaaard does not play the Frankenstein monster, he will have missed out on this biggest Captain-Obvious destiny. Can't you just see him, doltish eyes ablaze, "FRIEND GOOD! FIRE BAAAD!!"

  • Dragonchild

    Says a guy who's paid to post stuff on the Internet. CONFLICT OF INTEREST!

    Wait, I'm posting here too. I've gone meta! Did I just compromise myself? Oh god. . . where are my pants?!

  • I paid a ninja to steal them, what with all my conflicted interest Internet money.

  • John G.

    2013 -- the year Jason Bateman went full beard!

  • Amy

    I saw this at TIFF and it was actually really really good. It's not about technology being evil, it's about not being an asshole to your family. But I'm aware that people who make their livelihoods on the internet are contractually obligated to mock anything.

  • Jezzer

    And no one has ever heard of a trailer giving people a different impression than the finished, complete film, am I right?

  • lowercase_ryan

    FUCK YEAH CAUTIONARY TALE!!!

  • linnyloo

    INCEPTION BWAAAAAAAMMMMM

  • VonnegutSlut

    I love how the header photo looks like Alexander Skarsgard & Paula Patton are in two TOTALLY different movies:

    --Skarsgard is in some Rocky-esque training montage in which the rain just can't keep him from running down his dreams
    --And Patton is gleefully jaunting through a spring shower in the third act reunion scene of a by-the-numbers rom-com

  • NateMan

    "Wheeeee, I'm getting rained on!"

  • Mmm, Paula Patton...
    Wait was I meant to un-mute my computer to watch this trailer?

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    The internet touches me inappropriately while I'm at work. You'd think that I'd learn to avoid the internet's windowless van but the candy enclosed within is too much to resist.

  • That's not the internet, admin, that's just the angry clown-costumed dwarf that lives in the hidden compartment under your desk.

  • NateMan

    To be fair, if you swipe your credit card along a stripper's ass, she's probably not going to be able to max it out like the webcam chick is.

  • lowercase_ryan

    not true, they use this: https://squareup.com/

    I've heard. From friends.

  • The Internet is bad, mmkay.

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