Movie Treats Technology As Ordinary, Not Exotic
In a short write-up of the movie Reservation Road
's Mike D'Angelo highlights how the film's characters use technology in realistic ways, perhaps marking a long-waited-for shift in the way technology is presented in pop culture.
When Ethan wants to find out what the likely penalty would be for a hit-and-run offender, he actually does exactly what you or I would do: He Googles the hell out of it, in a scene that for once doesn't cough up the relevant info nugget at the very first keystroke. Later, he turns for emotional support to a chat group for parents of murdered children, pouring his heart out to strangers rather than to his wife and surviving child.
What's remarkable about this material, paradoxically, is how thoroughly unremarkable it is. Unlike The Net, You've Got Mail, Fear Dot Com, and various other labored pseudo-cyber-dramas, Reservation Road has no particular interest in being au courant.
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