In Disconnect, Jason Bateman was given the opportunity to do something he normally never gets asked to do: play a dramatic character. In this exclusive clip from Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray release of the film, Bateman explains why he was grateful for the role, while director Henry-Alex Rubin spends a little time explaining why he feels Bateman was the perfect choice for taking on a more dramatic character.
In Disconnect, Bateman plays the father of a teen boy named Ben who has recently been cyberbullied after meeting a girl named Jessica online. Jessica convinces Ben to send a bawdy photo of himself and it is later circulated to all of the members in Ben’s class, leading Ben to harm himself. It is up to Batemen’s character, Rich, to get to the bottom of the cyberbullying mystery and to try to reconnect with his family.
Rubin says that Bateman was the perfect choice for the role, thanks to the “subtle emotion” the actor was able to bring to the screen. If you do get a chance to watch the clip, you’ll see Bateman playing a somber but collected character, a man who cares so much about his child and just wants to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding his son.
Bateman’s dramatic role is a good fit for him, but he’s not the only actor making waves for popping up in a drama. The film follows three separate stories, which all manage to intertwine and connect in some way. In one of the narratives, Marc Jacobs also makes his acting debut playing Harvey, a man who runs a video chat room. Rubin took some chances with casting in the film, and with a cast that also features Alexander Skarsgard, Paula Patton, Max Theriot, Frank Grillo, Hope Davis, and Andrea Riseborough, the performances really pay off.
All of the stories in Disconnect are narratives of how modern life can be isolating and destructive, thanks to communication technology like video and text chatting. You can kind of get the feel and tone of the film from the trailer, below.
Disconnect hit Blu-ray and DVD on September 17, and is currently available in those formats and VOD over at Amazon.