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The Social Network

A 2010 movie directed by David Fincher.

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The Pirates of Silicon Valley 2?

  • Oct 12, 2010
Rating:
+4

Alright, so I have to admit, I'm somewhat of a Facebook fan boy. Not the type that is completely consumed by Facebook 24/7, but the kind that loves the idea that some dude from Harvard turned a website into a $25 Billion dollar business and he's only 26. Also let me put this one out there, I'm sick of the whole "down with Facebook" mini movement that people are trying to get started because Facebook wants their ads to be relevant to you.

With that in mind, I want you to know I went into this movie expecting the film to rip Mark Zuckerburg apart and make him look like an evil, creepy, nerd who is out to take over the world. Which it somewhat did. I also figured I had to explain to all of my friends who saw the film, what parts of the film were correct and what parts were fictional. Which I also had to do. So I went into this film thinking I was going to like it. Yet in the end, the film ended up being really good. 

The critics called this film the "Film of the Year" and the film that will "steal all the Oscars" which I would have to disagree. Let's not forget a little film called Inception or Toy Story 3. The Social Network would be ranked among my top 5 films of 2010 with Inception, Toy Story 3, Iron Man 2, and Robin Hood but ultimately it wasn't the best film of the year. 

What did I get out of this film? To be honest, this film made me want to go out and start up a business that would hopefully turn into a multi-billion dollar company. It was a bit inspiring to me and made me start to think on an entrepreneurial level as far as "making it big". There are a lot of stories out there of college drop outs starting some tech company and become some of the richest people in the world. The Social Network reminded me a lot about another film I am a big fan of called The Pirates of Silicon Valley. Same premise about college drop outs moving to Silicon Vally to start the next big tech company. Only difference is The Pirates of Silicon Valley was set in the 1980's and it was about Microsoft and Apple. I think The Social Network is my generation's Pirates of Silicon Vally.

Overall I highly recommend this film to all. Everyone has a Facebook and uses it everyday. Although the film doesn't portray all the true events of how Facebook was started, it's a film worth seeing. I wonder if there's going to be a Twitter movie next!

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November 07, 2010
I have to respectfully disagree with you about this film being the next Pirates of Silicon Valley. That film was actually engaging. I wrote a review if you're interested in reading my thoughts: http://lunch.com/t/5msp Keep up the great reviewing!
 
October 17, 2010
Looking forward to seeing this one - Nice review
 
October 15, 2010
I agree! I think it is our generation's Pirates of the Silicon Valley- good call! I am still clueless as to what was real and what wasn't but, was definitely entertained. I liked how Jesse Eisenberg played Zuckerberg- I was like, that kid is so witty and willing to say f-u to everyone, I love it!
October 18, 2010
Agreed! I think a lot of people walk away from the film not liking Zuck, but I almost liked him more after!
 
October 13, 2010
Good observations on the Pirates of Silicon Valley thing. I forgot about that one. Yes, this would be in my current top 10 list this year but I don't know if it'll sweep the awards. Nice review.
 
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review by . December 15, 2010
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review by . January 31, 2011
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The Social Network is a 2010 drama film directed by David Fincher about the founding of the social networking website Facebook. The film features an ensemble cast, which consists of Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara and Armie Hammer.

The film was written by Aaron Sorkin and adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires. The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures and is set for an October 1, 2010 release. None of the Facebook staff, including founder Mark Zuckerberg, will be involved with the project. One of the co-founders, Eduardo Saverin, was a consultant for Mezrich's book.  The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures and was released on October 1, 2010.

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Director: David Fincher
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 01, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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