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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Intense, powerful film explores joys and dangers of the Web.

Movie R 2013 115 minutes
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Like many ensemble dramas, DISCONNECT can sometimes feel crowded, its plotlines vying for attention. But bear with it, and try not to, well, disconnect. The film is simultaneously bleak and disturbing and thoroughly captivating, offering an incisive look at lives lived online -- sometimes disconsolately, other times dangerously, and even disastrously.

What makes Disconnect work, despite its flaws, is its stunning cast; to a person, everyone brings it. The performances are strong and authentic to the point that it's discomfiting for the audience. It's refreshing to see Bateman take on a role of substance and to have Skarsgaard play against beautiful type. Riseborough is a revelation, and Thieriot and Bobo will break your heart. Even fashion designer Marc Jacobs rises to the occasion in the role of a pimp. The way the stories wend in and out of each other will require some suspension of disbelief, but the characters' loneliness, deep sadness, and yearning for kinship feels altogether real.

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