Director: David Fincher
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake,
Andrew Garfield, Joseph Mazzello, Rashida Jones, Max Minghella,
Rooney Mara, Dakota Johnson, Brenda Song, Armie Hammer, Josh
Pence, Malese Jow
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Rating: NC-16 (Drug Use and Some Sexual References)
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thesocialnetwork/
Opening Day: 28 October 2010
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming
genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly
begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming,
what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social
network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years
and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest
billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success
leads to both personal and legal complications. From director
David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin comes The Social
Network, a film that proves you don't get to 500 million friends
without making a few enemies. The film is produced by Scott
Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Cean Chaffin and
based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires"
by Ben Mezrich.
If you were this columnist’s webmaster, you won’t
be too happy to hear this confession. Instead of focusing
on churning out a movie review, he would be switching between
windows to check on the latest news feed on Facebook. How
that affects work efficiency is one thing, the other aspect
of this six year old social network service is how it has
taken over our lives.
last he checked (after writing the above paragraph, nonetheless),
this single and January born (hunt down his Facebook account
to verify these facts) columnist has 449 friends. Why the
constant need to refresh the Facebook page? Mark Zuckerberg
would understand – at least that’s how the Mark
Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s movie is portrayed.
from Ben Mezrich’s non fiction book The Accidental Billionaires,
this drama chronicles the founding of the now famous social
networking website. Some seven years ago, no one would have
heard of Facebook until Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin and
their team of technical experts came together to create this
phenomenal online tool. The story also involves a certain
Napster co founder Sean Parker and a pair of Harvard twins
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. The 121 minute movie tells the
story of how friendships were formed, as well as how enemies
were made in the founding of what may possibly be the most
culturally and socially important networking website of our
the subject matter, it is difficult not to dwell on the actualities
of what happened in real life, but Fincher (Zodiac, The Curious
Case of Benjamin Button) knows too well that he is making
a movie for the masses. Thus, the resultant work is a crisply
intelligent and emotionally engaging movie that further marks
his place in the industry as an acclaimed filmmaker.
it is important to note that none of the Facebook staff or
employees was involved in the making of this movie, you have
to give credit to Aaron Sorkin’s sharply written screenplay
because it manages to keep the pace of the talky movie going.
Highly celebrated musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
have also come together to compose a very hip electronica
driven score to accompany the film. The effective cinematography
and editing by Jeff Cronenweth, Kirk Baxtyer and Angus Wall
also complement Fincher’s clear cut filmmaking style.
The flashbacks are well executed, and humour is evident in
the characters’ dialogues. Most importantly, there is
emotional punch, as exemplified by the human connections and
relationships which are built and torn apart in the story.
Ultimately, it is a tale about how a man who manages to connect
the world is a loner desperately trying to find his own connection.
fresh cast of actors do a fine job of depicting their characters
too. Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) brings out the nonchalant
brilliance of Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium
of Doctor Parnassus) exudes the will power of Eduardo Saverin,
and Justin Timberlake (Shrek Foerver After) personifies Sean
Parker’s slimy entrepreneurial spirit. They are supported
by other fine actors like Brenda Song, Arnie Hammer, Max Minghella
and Rooney Mara.
is clearly an ambitious project, considering how worldwide
viewers (the 500 million Facebook users included) will be
anticipating the story of Facebook. Like the website itself,
the movie is culturally and socially significant in contemporary
cinema –be ready to see the movie acknowledged for a
job well done during awards season.
this columnist is still at it, he would recommend you to life
MovieXclusive.com on Facebook, and if you must know, as he
ends off this review, he has just added one more friend to
his page, making his total number of friends to 450.
it’s time to upload those photos he took at the party
(A culturally and socially important piece of work
that is enthralling from beginning to end)
Reviewed by John Li