You'll probably think twice about posting on Facebook after watching this just-released trailer for Disconnect.
Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgard star in the thriller about the dangers of life in the digital age. From cyberbullying to identity theft, catfishing to illegal online romances, technology has given birth to a whole new slew of problems that each character faces in Disconnect with dire (and sometimes deadly) consequences.
This is director Henry Alex Rubin’s first narrative feature with a script by Andrew Stern. Mickey Liddell, Jennifer Monroe, and William Horberg produced the film, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, and Andrea Riseborough also star.
Watch the dark trailer below and hit the comments with your thoughts:
Disconnect opens in limited release on April 12.
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"The only actor friend that I roll with is Jason Statham and he's over in Prague, bored out of his mind... Jason, I see a lot. We do things together." Mickey Rourke missed his tough guy pal at the premiere of his new movie Immortals in Hollywood on Tuesday (08Nov11). The Wrestler star was joined by fighters Chuck Liddell, Frank Shamrock and Alistair Overeem and Welsh rugby hero Gareth Thomas on the red carpet.
As the film’s title indicates in no uncertain terms our heroine teenager Molly Hartley (Haley Bennett) is haunted by a tragic past that keeps coming back to torment her. Attempting to acclimate to a new school (Huntington Prep) Molly must deal with new classmates and also recurring bouts of nosebleeds and hallucinations -- particularly of her wild-eyed mother (Marin Hinkle) who had previously tried to stab her to death claiming that she was trying to save her from some sort of birthright. “The darkness is coming for you ” said Mom before plunging a pair of scissors into Molly’s chest. What’s really going on? Are Molly’s hallucinations of a psychotic or a supernatural nature? It takes a long while to get to that point by which time the answer should be obvious ... and long after audience interest has dwindled severely.
An interesting and attractive actress Haley Bennett (Music and Lyrics) doesn’t necessarily project the vulnerability that her tormented character would call for but she seems capable of carrying a film. Unfortunately this one lets her down -- and the problem lies entirely in the story. Everyone else in the cast is saddled with one-dimensional characters: Jake Weber as Molly’s perennially-worried dad; Chace Crawford as the resident hunk; Shanna Collins as a born-again classmate; and Shannon Marie Woodward as a more rebellious classmate. Ron Canada as the school superintendent is on and off the screen so fast one wonders why he bothered at all. There is however a nice if smallish turn by Nina Siemaszko as the school’s guidance counselor who’s clearly got her eye on these goings-on. The Haunting of Molly Hartley marks the feature directorial debut of Mickey Liddell who previously toiled on the small screen as a producer of Everwood and Jack & Bobby two shows with prominent teenaged characters -- so he has experience in the field. There are some interesting camera angles and technically the film is competent enough but the story unravels at the midway point and Liddell is unable to stop the skid. By the film’s (foregone) conclusion it’s begun to telegraph its shocks and its plot twists with increasing regularity. It’s well-made but it’s also flat. There’s not a particularly high body count but there’s obvious editing in some of the more violent scenes -- clearly an attempt to earn the film a PG-13 rating which is a far friendlier proposition at the box-office where this should earn some decent coin from the horror faithful.