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The Social Network

A 2010 movie directed by David Fincher.

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  • Feb 15, 2011
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It's hard to describe why 'Social Network' is such a valuable and effective viewing experience.  The structure treats time-frames not much differently than 'Amadeus' because it tells it's story at one point of time while using the past as a narrative to unveil the past, but this is merely grasping because in many ways, 'The Social Network' breaks new ground as a new story with a new medium to tell its story.

The story takes place in 2004 when primary Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is on trial by his fellow friends and innovators in a hearing that recalls the times when fortunes provided alleged double-crossing by the powers that be.  It is both a memoir reinactment of post-modern innovation and a dramatization of the genesis of the flair that begets reinvention of today's modern aristocrats in the blogosphere, changing the hands of the rich and famous from the aristocrats of resources (like Carnegie) to the iconoclasts of modern culture (like rock musicians) to the information Superhighway Age.

Without having the familiar associations of a documentary or even the qualities we normally associate with a reinactment, 'Social Network' is so fascinating and absorbing, any words of praise seem tentative, futile, and non-descript.  One of the best qualities about the film is that it doesn't try to take sides or judge the key players.  There's the rich boy twins, real-life Harvard boys who compete abroad in rowing competitions, but dream big, barely mutating dream wishes that can only be replicated with the technical skill of Zuckerberg, who only is able to hone his own aspirations by the thoughts of others.  Does anyone get to the top on his/her own?  Then, there's the mischievous friend who founded Napster, Shawn Parker (Timberlake)  with all the possibilities of new horizons in music (including the fraud of piracy), and a friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) who has his own passions and foibles to share and clash with CEO Zuckerberg.

One of the other virtues of 'Social Network' is that it doesn't try to be condescending, judge the main players, or glamorize the party aspects of the rising stars.  It merely tries to tell the story with everyone having his day in court.  What a innovative and fascinating movie 'Social Network' is.  No wonder it's the talk of the town! 

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February 16, 2011
I am sure this movie has your interest. I am the one who introduces you to 'social network.' Good job on the review.
February 16, 2011
I was just trying to jog my memory about that, Celine. I asked myself when and how did I start Facebook, and I remembered YOU were the one to introduce me to it, you wrote, log in to Facebook, then blah, blah, blah. LOL No, seriously, thanks, I haven't forgotten. I had some false starts, but I'm glad I joined. :>)
 
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review by . December 15, 2010
Unlike the many people who are part of a social network to me I felt socially awkward seeing The Social Network with my family since the movie plays differently for me than my genetically connected counterparts. For those of you who don't have a computer and have been living in a cave in the middle of nowhere The Social Network is the semi-realistic tale of Mark Zuckerberg, a sophomore at Harvard who, after a post dumped drunken escapade creates a little website called Facebook. Ah Facebook …
review by . October 12, 2010
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review by . August 30, 2011
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review by . August 20, 2011
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review by . January 31, 2011
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review by . March 16, 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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