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The Social Network Review

  • Feb 3, 2011
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+5
Words are weapons in THE SOCIAL NETWORK. For the most part, words are used vivaciously to accuse and to criticize Mark Zuckerberg's decisions on the road to becoming the billionaire he is today. After all, the tagline for David Fincher's THE SOCIAL NETWORK sums up the movie's point of being: "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies." Even if Aaron Sorkin, with his incredibly human and detailed dialogue, adapted Ben Mezrich's semi-fictional tale on the birth and rise of Facebook, the results are nevertheless convincing and dramatically compelling. 

Jesse Eisenberg deserves to win the Oscar he was nominated for: Best Actor. He adds layer after layer of characteristic complexity to Mark Zuckerburg with a plethora of emotions and overall discomfort in being himself in the process. From his dorm days in Harvard to his beginning of his reign in the Facebook corporation and the lawsuit against him, Mark never seems to be content. It's as if his envelopment and committment to technology has alienated and driven away all love and tied-in relationships he used to have with people he once knew. When one finds a new idea, is it worth losing everything he once knew and cared for in the process of making that new idea successful and well-known. 

Andrew Garfield plays Mark's best friend Eduardo with ease and charm, yet as the idea for Facebook grows Mark further pushes him away and a spiral begins...Justin Timberlake is quite good as Sean Parker, the creator of Napster. His character is knowledgeable in corporate functions and cool in social outings, and Justin Timberlake's approach feels effortless. And to finish the praise for the acting, Rooney Mara's few scenes talking to Eisenberg's Zuckerberg are rightfully spiteful and disarming, as a certain action he did in spite of her allowed her to be in his face. 

And David Fincher, wow. He is a director who knows how to get results in the visuals he presents and the emotions he evokes with the story's intertwining narrative. Plus he's a perfectionist, as I heard from an article back in the fall that he did 99 takes on THE SOCIAL NETWORK's very first scene. No joke, folks. The muted, warm colors the cinematographer enables in the settings and Trent Reznor's pulsating score only add to THE SOCIAL NETWORK's pristine nature. 

In the universe of Facebook, words describe and detail one's day and these statements speak volumes about one's personality. In the mega-site's stages of inception shown in THE SOCIAL NETWORK, words are for the most part are used vivaciously to accuse and criticize Mark Zuckerberg's decisions on the road to becoming the billionaire he is today. THE SOCIAL NETWORK is the defining film of the Information Revolution, and if you disagree (about it being overrated), please, bring it on!

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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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