Internet has sneaked into everyone’s lives, going unnoticed. Truth be told, who remembers the first time they surfed the web? Undoubtedly, it is a double-edged sword that can serve to desperately search for someone or be easily found. In fact, that is what Sony Pictures’ new movie, Disconnected, portrays. The film will hit theaters on March 2nd.
Disconnected is the sequel to Searching, and although both movies have different storylines, they share the same essence: narration through a computer screen. This film is packed with unexpected twists, drama, and lots of action, making it interesting and captivating.
What is it about? Disconnected follows June, a young girl who has been living alone with her mother, Grace, since her father passed away 18 years ago. While June is not very close to her mother, she still has a strong bond with her. However, she is quite disappointed when Grace decides to go on vacation with her new boyfriend, Kevin, right on Father’s Day.
Despite this, June is happy seeing her mother happy, so she has no problem going to the airport to pick her up when she returns from Cartagena, Colombia. However, when Grace never gets off the plane and there is no word about her, June becomes desperate and decides to report her disappearance. Although she wants to leave it to the police to handle, she can’t help but get involved in the case, uncovering many hidden secrets from the past.
This story not only unfolds dramatically throughout the movie, but it also combines the pain of a daughter, the desperation, and the frenzy of a race against time. This is what turns the viewer into an addict of this film’s narrative. From beginning to end, the pacing maintains the suspense, mystery, and surprises, making it one of the best-written films.
As if that weren’t enough, Disconnected breaks the rule of invisible editing by having a completely visible one. The entire film is narrated through June’s computer screen. Video calls, WhatsApp messages, searches, and even security footage are all shown on June’s monitor. This makes the plot even more interesting.
In fact, the script is not static; it allows the audience to enter the protagonist’s mind as if they were experiencing it themselves. That’s why the movie feels so real in certain aspects. Moreover, this story successfully portrays June as a true crime enthusiast. When she decides to begin her search for her mother, it is her expertise in following various true crime stories that brings the realism to another level.
In summary, Disconnected is an immense and well-executed production, providing gripping entertainment that doesn’t give you time to process the enormity of its unexpected twists. It surpasses the conventional narrative pace, occasionally taking on a somber tone and using pain as its main driving force. Additionally, the outstanding performances by Storm Reid and Nia Long make the whole story much more bearable and unpredictable.