Movie Review-Connected


Tiffany Shlain’s Connected is a film that on the surface seems to be very clever and concise. Starting off with a story about how everything is connected and showing us some kind of flow chart that can be taken as an adaptation of the classic Ascent of Man illustration that we have all been exposed to once in our life almost. Where the ape evolves from stage to stage, which in the film paints that demonstration as the human who sits on their computer. This film asks us point blank what it means in this century to be connected. One thing that is clear about this film Tiffany loves to hear herself talk, and talk a lot. She goes into this story about this film being made before her father was diagnosed with cancer. We learn that her father wrote many books on how everything is connected, and also taught this theory to many people. Tiffany talks a lot about the film she was going to make so much before her dad’s condition, that it feels like this was not the film she wanted to make and comes across as an afterthought.

It seems this film is supposed to be about love, death and technology but it comes across as a tribute to her dad Leonard Shlain who was a brain surgeon who she said taught her about how the left side of the brain is used for this and the right side is used for that, which I guess was supposed to be entertaining but it really feels like it would be better in a biography more than a film about connections and what connects what to what. I guess going into this film I was thinking one thing, and it was about another.

This film to me just seemed so lackluster and thrown together that I wished it would not have been all over the map with this material, that it would have kept its main focus and not went into the avenue of celebrating the life of her dad so much. No offense, if I wanted to see that film I would have watched instead of a film that is supposed to be about today’s technology and how we are all connected together. The first ten minutes of this film were really strong and set up a great film, what came after it was hit and miss and ended up feeling so self-serving into getting us into a man more than the concept of connecting.

5 out of 10