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.