Director: Henry Alex Rubin
Stars: Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Jonah Bobo
The Internet, as we know, has the potential to bridge the communications gap between cultures and continents. Yet it's not all smiley-face icons and lolcats on the World Wild Web and Henry Alex Rubin's ensemble drama is here to remind us of the evils that tablets, laptops, smartphones and other such devices do. For example, they allow you to enter support-group chatrooms, like the one that turns a grieving woman (Paula Patton) into a victim of identity theft. They play host to social media, which is where an alienated teen (Bobo) is cyberbullied and takes drastic measures, much to the concern of his Blackberry-obsessed pops (Bateman). And then there are the illicit sites, the kind that help an ambitious TV reporter (Andrea Riseborough) get her big break - but at what cost? You'd think it would connect folks, yet it does exactly the opposite. See the irony in that title now?
All the hand-wringing tech paranoia is an excuse for a microversion of Babel-like melodrama, in which the loosely interwoven stories, regrettably, never add up to the sum of their parts. Worse, you can sense the actors bumping their heads against the ceilings of their one-note roles, trying vainly to add substance to characters that might as well be called ‘Stoic Numbed Veteran', ‘Opportunistic, Morally Compromised Journalist' or ‘Young Man in Psychic Pain.' David Fear
Weekly box office: Dhs186,887
Weekly admissions: 5,228
Total box office: Dhs186,887
Total admissions: 5,228