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'The Social Network' was a movie on my lovefilm list as I was interested to know more about the background of Facebook. It tells the story of how Facebook was conceived and the lawsuit that followed once it became a website used by millions of people around the world.
The movie begins with a scene from 2003, and Mark Zuckerburg, a student from Harvard University, is being dumped by his girlfriend. He comes across as a socially awkward person (perhaps because in real life he is), and wants to get revenge. He goes back to his dorm room and starts blogging about her, insulting her and not caring much about how she'll react. It's clear he's something of a computer whizz, if not a classic 'nerd' and one thing leads to another, and very quickly he's hacked in to the Harvard system and created 'Face Mash' - an online voting system by which girls from Harvard can be compared to each other in terms of how attractive they are. All of this because he's bitter about being dumped!
It doesn't take much time for Facebook to be conceived, but how it all happens is something you'll have to find out once you watch the movie.
I really liked this film. It's quite complex to follow and is full of quick witted statements. For the first 20 minutes I thought I wasn't going to understand anything and wondered if I was wasting an evening. But I persisted and am I glad I did, because it's a very interesting film. I don't even use Facebook much but it was intriguing to learn about how it all started, and why there were lawsuits surrounding it.
Mark Zuckerburg was played by Jesse Eisenberg, who did a great job of coming across as someone slightly socially inept, and not interested in money. The movie also featured Andrew Garfield, who played the real life character of Eduardo Saverin, a co-founder of Facebook. Andrew Garfield did a great job of playing the good guy who gets cheated out of Facebook when it's really taking off. The big name in this movie is Justin Timberlake, who plays Sean Parker, creator of Napster. I didn't like his character much in this, but I guess that means he did a good job, as he's not meant to be likeable.
Overall, this was a good movie, and I'm glad I watched it! Once it was finished, I found myself googling to find out more about the various events that the movie described, which means it clearly had an impact on me.
Thanks for reading.
About the film
The Social Network is a drama film that was released in 2010. The film has a run time of 120 minutes and a rating of 12A. The Social Network was adapted from the book The Accidental Millionaires by Ben Mezrich.
Set in 2003, Mark Zuckerberg is a student at Harvard University. On the night he gets dumped by girlfriend Erica, he heads back to his dorm to drink and write bad things about her on his blog. Feeling down, he also creates a website called Facemash which pins female students against each other so other students can rate who is the best looking. Due to the website being such a popular hit with other students, and the fact that it crashed the Harvard network, Zuckerberg receives six months academic probation. However, this alerts Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss who wish to create their own website, The Harvard Connection. While Zuckerberg agrees to help, he gets ideas of his own and ends up creating The Facebook, a social networking website for Harvard students.
The film follows the success of Zuckerberg and the lawsuits filed which accuse him of intellectual theft (from the Winklevoss brothers) and for unfair share dilution (by partner and co-founder Eduardo Saverin). The Social Network follows how Facebook came to be, how Sean Parker was a part of its success and what happened with the lawsuits.
Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg
Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin
Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker
Armie Hammer as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss
Max Minghella as Divya Narendra
Brenda Song as Christy Ling
Rashida Jones as Marylin Delpy
John Getz as Sy
David Selby as Gage
Denise Grayson as Gretchen
Douglas Urbanski as Larry Summers
Rooney Mara as Erica Albright
Joseph Mazzello as Dustin Moskovitz
Dustin Fitzsimons as The Phoenix - S K Club President
What I thought
I had wanted to see this film ever since it came out but somehow I never got around to it. Now, with my recent unemployment, I have more time on my hands than I would like so I finally decided to activate my free 30 day Love Film trial. The Social Network was the first thing I watched.
Facebook was something I didn't get into myself until very early 2008 when I lived in Canada. A few of my friends there already had it and I decided it was a great way to keep in touch with them all once I had moved back to the UK. Facebook was something that I had known about for a while but had little interest in. Now though, with my family in Grimsby and me living in Norfolk and having friends all over the place, I am on it constantly even if it is only to play silly games. The reason why I wanted to see this film so much was to learn a bit more about the idea behind such a popular and massive website, which has taken over the internet.
Now, to begin with I have to say that I know not all of this film is factual. The real Mark Zuckerberg states that the filmmakers did not get everything right but was impressed that they got his wardrobe perfect. However, Eduardo Saverin acknowledges that the film is supposed to have entertainment value with a slight look into history which is how I see it.
The Social Network has a much faster pace than I was expecting it to. The film is two hours long as I was expecting it to drag quite a bit as I couldn't think of what could happen in that time. However, from the initial idea of Facemash from Zuckerberg to the popularisation of Facebook, there is a lot that happens in-between. Jesse Eisenberg portrays Zuckerberg wonderfully, as he comes across as a socially awkward student. He's quick talking and quirky and extremely clever. Eisenberg is an actor who plays these kinds of roles extremely well and this one is no exception. Zuckerberg isn't a likeable character though. He quite obviously does what he wants and doesn't care too much about what happens in the meantime as long as he gets results.
There aren't actually many likeable characters in this film, save for maybe Eduardo Saverin who is played by Andrew Garfield. Saverin is the guy who co-founded Facebook with Zuckerberg and was the money behind the operation. He genuinely seemed to want to do the best thing for everyone and during the time spent covering the lawsuit, he did seem like a really nice guy who showed his feelings well when he realised things weren't going his way/ Zuckerberg had said some pretty bad things about him. Every time Saverin suggested something, Zuckerberg either ignored him or shot down his suggestions which made me dislike him even more.
Although another unlikeable character, I couldn't help but love Justin Timberlake's involvement in this film. Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the guy who founded Napster and changed how people downloaded music. He's arrogant, selfish and completely full of himself but I love watching Timberlake on screen. He has played quite a few different roles and is able to pull each of them off well. In one film, he's like likeable romantic lead, in another he's a complete asshole and then in another, he's a bit of an action man. Justin Timberlake is someone I would have never imagined to be such a good actor. Parker's role in the story of Facebook is a large one. He has a big influence over Zuckerberg's actions and decisions as he believes Parker has a lot more knowledge and experience than he does.
As social networking is such a large part of society now, the film shows both the positive and negative aspects of it. It shows how a site such as Facebook can connect people all over the world but also cause so many relationship problems. I'm sure Jeremy Kyle would agree with that part! The film also recognises how success can alter a friendship thought to be quite strong. Zuckerberg is so quick to dismiss and stab Saverin in the back once he thinks he has better advice from Parker. It was quiet sad to see two friends in such a bad situation and for how things ended between them. In the end, it all came down to money.
The Social Network is a fantastic film which sheds light on the success of social networking sites in today's society.
The Social Network is about a simple idea that changed the lives of millions of people and contributed to the "me" culture we live in today: Facebook. A simple idea which started out as a way for Harvard students to find out about each other, it has since become a global phenomenon. The Social Network charts its rise from the idea of one lone geek (creator Mark Zuckerberg) to its current status of drug of choice for millions of people across the world.
Being a David Fincher film, of course, this is not a straightforward narrative about the creation of Facebook. It flicks between the past (telling the story of how Facebook came to be), and the nearer present (where two parties are seeking damages from Zuckerman for stealing their ideas). Potentially this constant switching between different periods and characters could have been confusing, and indeed, the first couple of times it happens, the sudden shift can throw you. You soon adjust, though, and once you come to terms with it, it is a surprisingly effective method of telling the tale, from both a historical and current perspective.
One of the things which put me off watching The Social Network at the cinema was that (War Games aside) computers and film don't exactly have a great track record. Watching people sit at computers typing, or listening to them discuss coding is not exactly thrilling stuff. Fincher, of course, is far too good a Director and storyteller to fall into this sort of trap. Whilst there is occasional geek speak (mainly to add a convincing level of detail), discussion of programming is very limited and most of the time the characters speak in English which is understandable.
Instead Fincher concentrates on characters and consequences. The early part of the film focuses on the main protagonists, establishing Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg as a barely functional sociopath, seemingly incapable of understanding (or caring) about the feelings of anyone but himself. We are introduced to the Winkelvoss twins, who entered into a long-running legal battle with Zuckerberg, claiming that he stole their idea. Finally, there's Zuckerberg's best friend Eduardo Saverin, who also falls out with the Facebook creator over money. It's the fascinating way the relationship between all the characters (and develop and grow; firm friendships turn to bitterness as the true money making potential starts to become apparent and ideas about Facebook's future start to create divisions.
Similarly, Fincher concentrates on the unforeseen consequences of Facebook's (almost accidental) influence on the computer industry: the way in which is almost single handedly revolutionises the way people communicate, reducing email to an old technology and contributing the "culture of me" where individuals suddenly think that anything they do, see or think is of automatic interest to the rest of the world. It's Fincher's careful, thoughtful consideration of these elements which raises The Social Network above the level of a film for geeks and turns it into one which has an interesting message for anyone.
Given that The Social Network's primary focus is on people, the casting of the film was essential to its success, and here Fincher gets things absolutely spot on. It's chock full of superb performances, most notably from Andrew Garfield (soon to be Spider-Man in the latest franchise reboot) as Eduardo Saverin. It's Saverin who is the closest to a "normal" person. Essentially a decent guy who wants to both help the person he perceives as his best friend and to protect him from the world he thinks Zuckerberg does not understand. Garfield's performance is note perfect. It's almost heart-breaking to see his initial exuberance and enthusiasm slowly turn to bitterness and recrimination as he realises that he has been used.
There's a similarly strong performance from Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, creator of Napster. Timberlake makes Parker charismatic, charming and suave, whilst at the same time giving him a darker edge, as he slowly starts to gain an unhealthy influence over Zuckerberg. Despite being a rather unpleasant character, it's still hard not to have a sneaking admiration for Parker, thanks to Timberlake's surprisingly good performance.
The real revelation, though, is Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg himself. All the roles I had seen Eisenberg in (Zombieland, Scott Pilgrim) required him to be amiable, slightly geeky and generally damn nice. Obviously, the "geeky" side of Zuckerberg is not much of a stretch, but what really impressed me was how unlikeable Eisenberg made Zuckerberg and the transformation he undergoes. Eisenberg turns him from geeky nice guy to geeky nasty guy; arrogant, rude and lacking almost any redeeming qualities. His pattern of speech (rapid fire delivery), unwillingness to suffer fools (at all, never mind gladly) and his total inability to identify with the feelings of others is perfectly captured in Eisenberg's performance. Even when not speaking he has a genuine screen presence, rudely falling asleep during interviews with key potential investors or glaring across the table at people he thinks is telling lies about him. In short, Eisenberg perfectly captures that sense of a little boy trapped in a man's body.
Of course, the real problem with The Social Network is that it's hard to separate the fact from the fiction. The basic information surrounding the creation of Facebook is likely to be accurate and some of the testimony relating to the hearings is either a matter of public record or known from statements made from the various protagonists. The real issue, of course, is how much you can trust it. But then, The Social Network is not necessarily about getting to the truth. Rather it's about the incredible impact one simple idea can sometimes have on human relationships on both a personal and global scale.
You could argue that The Social Network is perhaps a little bit talky, with lots of dialogue between a whole host of characters. There's no "action"; after all, this is a film about interaction. The dialogue gives The Social Network a depth not normally associated with Hollywood films, but if you don't buy into that, you might find it a little long and a little slow.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by The Social Network. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started watching it, but ended up being impressed and entertained by a film which is not afraid to put some pretty big ideas into an audience friendly package.
The Social Network
Director: David Fincher
Running time: approx. 120 minutes
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**FILM ONLY REVIEW**
I must admit I was doubtful that a film about the inception and subsequent growth of Facebook would be able to hold my interest, especially since it would feature the two court cases against creator Mark Zuckerberg. The idea of a legal drama based around a social networking site sounded tedious to me, but enough people had recommended it that I decided to give it a try.
The biggest surprise was how much of the movie was focused on the relationship between Mark Zuckerberg and his best friend, Eduardo Saverin, who helped finance the site in its early days. The relationship between the two and how it eventually leads them into the courtroom was fascinating and the movie seemed to characterise them well, bringing up interesting questions as to what was the reason that these two friends ended up becoming opposing counsel in a court-case.
Everyone is familiar with Facebook, although I'd wager not everyone was aware of its origins as 'The Facebook', a strictly invitation-only social network designed for use in Havard University as a way for students to develop online circles of friends, before the expansion eventually made it the multi-billion dollar company it became with everyone and their nan having Facebook accounts.
Jesse Eisenburg plays the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, with a slight aspergers tint to his personality. He has some subtle behaviour quirks, such as his distance with his friends and collegaues and often not looking at people when they talk to him. It portrays him as unlikeable and the biggest irony is that the person responsible for creating a social networking website that links friends from all over the world, is actually a bit of a loner.
Faring slightly better on the likeability scale is Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, who is Mark's best friend and helps him financially during the websites origins. The film seems to portray him as a nice guy, but with limited dreams, who wants to settle for the immediate pay-off, whilst Zuckerberg and later acquaintance, Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) have their sights set on building the site up globally.
The film is framed by the court-cases that are taking place in current-day with flashbacks to the university days where Zuckerberg and Saverin are developing the website and trying to keep it running without investors. Once Sean Parker gets involved, the friendship becomes strained and leads to the eventual fallout of the two parties, setting the court-case into motion.
I really found this to be enjoyable, despite the fact the subject matter was fairly mundane - I mean, there was no real action or intrigue, but the mundane court-case was made so much more interesting by the fact that we'd gotten to know (and in some cases, like) these characters through the flashbacks that it was almost sad to see them becoming bitter and spiteful towards each other during the main court-case, showing that money and success in business often comes at the cost of losing true friendship.
Whilst the facts in the film might not be completely accurate and some of the events glamorised somewhat to keep the film narrative interesting, it was enjoyable and a bit of an eye-opener to see how the website that I log into daily came into existence and the personal cost of such a thing. Now, I'm sure Mark Zuckerberg isn't crying into his billions of dollars over his business decisions that cut out his friends from his life, but it does raise the question of whether you would sell out your friends in order to succeed in life.
I bought this film from HMV as part of a 2 for £10 deal as it was originally £7 on its own. I wanted to see this film as an avid user of Facebook I thought it would be interesting to see how it was set up. I am delighted to say it was full of really interesting history of the foundation of Facebook and backed up with the brilliant acting from Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake made for a very interesting watch. It follows Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse) as he sets up Facebook and shows how he got his ideas and the court cases that followed. It is quite a long film that jumps between the present (of the court case) and the past (setting up the site) so requires quite a lot of attention to get the most enjoyment out of it (not one to watch at 1 am). A very good film and I would highly recommend it.
The Social Network
The Social Network is the account of the rise of the social networking site Facebook, adapted by Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, it tells about how the site originated but also the world famous legal battles about its creation and who owned the rights to it following its development. The film was released in 2010 and widely regarded as one of the best films of that year. It won the Golden Globe for best picture, best director and best screenplay but was beaten to most of its nominated Oscars by 'The King's Speech'.
One night in 2003, whilst slightly drunk and upset at being dumped, Harvard alumni and computer programming expery Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins a blog disparaging his ex-girlfriend and creates an infamous University webpage which gets him in trouble but also lays the seeds for Facebook, the most popular social networking website of all time.
Zuckerberg asks his best friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) to support him financially on his new project and together they watch their dream grow, however as the website explodes, so do tensions and Zuckerberg shows that you don't always have to be a socially literate person to plug into people's needs as he is brought to court by his best friend Eduardo and some acquaintances who seperately claim he stole either the idea or percentages of the company from them.
I really enjoyed this film and felt the actors perfectly inhabited their roles. Jesse Eisenberg is droll and sarcastic and equally gives the impression of being a computer whizzkid in the main role, he is impossible to like or love and you although he is the main protagonist of the film you do quietly root for the peripheral characters in the court case, hoping they will force him to back down.
Eisenberg makes Zuckerberg a smart guy who chances upon an idea and then screws everyone over no matter who they are to him to get it, his appearances in court hearings are peppered with smart remarks and his social intercourse is spicy throughout, he gives enough of an impression of a geek who is impressed by cool people whilst also being strong enough to stand up to anyone (including those cool people) when the moment arises.
Andrew Garfield is excellent as Eduardo, you are rooting for him from the first moments of the film, he is funny, good looking and really keen to help his friend Mark, but when things kick off, does Mark do the dirty on him because he doesn't rate his help or because of some imagined sleight earlier in the film. Even in his angriest moments Eduardo oozes charisma and Garfield puts in a memorable performance and a perfect foil to Eisenberg's very nasty character.
Justin Timberlake pops up as Sean, an internet impresario who guides Mark and eventually appears to push him towards corporate success, whilst driving a wedge between them and Eduardo, his character is cool and suave to begin with, but his extra curricular activities catch up with him and by the end he is a sorry for himself loser who has little effect on the characters.
The cast is filled with great performances, Armie Hammer plays Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, popular Harvard university twins who would go on to row for their country, who sue Mark for stealing their idea, Hammer's performance is enthusiastically rigid and watchable throughout.
Created by Trent Reznor the score does underpin the film perfectly, it is moody electronica which never seeks to overwhelm or build anything, it simply flits in and out of the story perfectly, helping to maintain a focused air in a manner similar to our anti-hero.
I really liked this film, I expected little from it, but it is expertly directed by the always innovative David Fincher, while the script by the awesome Aaron Sorkin makes complex issues easy to follow and the film is filled with humour and memorable scenes, as well as a truly outstanding central performance from Jesse Eisenberg as the focused but socially inadequate (What a paradox considering this guy owns the largest social networking site on the planet), individual.
The film has a lot in common with the main character, it is smart, doesn't waste a moment on anything that doesn't further the development of the story and is absolutely sure of itself and its quality from the very first scene, this film is visually stunning with great use of computers as well as perfect lighting and adept, profound cinematography. The music melds effortlessly into the background and the actors are memorable all grabbing their parts fully and wringing every last ounce of story out of them.
The story develops easily, we meet the main character and his friend, learn about them, watch the development of Facebook and see the court battles throughout as the plot moves backwards and forwards, it is easy to follow and has some clever twists, I have no idea what is true and what isn't but I did come away really feeling I would like to find out as I found both the story and the characters compelling company throughout, this is a smart, modern film which has rightfully been acclaimed as one of the best of this decade.
I've read reviews which suggest the film is difficult to follow as dialogue is fast and punchy, but surely you have a smart computer geek who is generally two steps ahead of everyone else and the dialogue is going to be at his pace, not slowed down to accommodate viewers who can't keep up, this wasn't noticeable for me and the pace of the speech is a big part of the Zuckerburg character in my view.
The film is smart, knowing, excellently acted and although you clearly side with parties it does try to tell the whole story which keeps you gripped throughout, I was fairly close on numerous occasions to pausing the film and googling what happened in real life as I found the story so addictive and enthralling.
Mark Zuckerberg: I went to my friend for the money because that's who I wanted to be partners with. Eduardo was the president of the Harvard Investors Association, and he was also my best friend.
Gage: Your best friend is suing you for six hundred million dollars.
Mark Zuckerberg: I didn't know that, tell me more.
Erica Albright: You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an asshole.
Where to buy it:
The DVD is available for £5.39 on Amazon and is well worth it, this is a smart film which really does deserve your attention.
=== The plot ===
In 2003 Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer, while intoxicated, and sets about working on a new idea. In a flurry of blog posts and hacking he finds himself building a new website that then manages to crash the servers at his university in just an hour or so. This starts off a create fire that is eventually to become Facebook.com, one of the worlds most well known websites. This film centres on Mark Zuckerberg, the making of the website and the subsequent events that ensued when friends and acquaintances came forward to sue him for various reasons.
=== The cast ===
Mark Zuckerberg - Jesse Eisenberg
Erica Albright - Rooney Mara
Sean Parker - Justin Timberlake
Eduardo Saverin - Andrew Garfield
=== The extras ===
The film that I purchased had two extra features, both were audio commentary. I believe that one was from the director and one was from the screenwriter, however, neither of these were of interest to me so I did not watch them.
=== Where can I buy this and for how much? ===
This can be purchased from numerous locations, including Amazon.co.uk, where I purchased mine, and the price is variable at present almost from day to day. I paid just £4.99 for my copy which I was very pleased with.
=== Overall opinion ===
I had wanted to watch this film since seeing it advertised back in 2010 and had been itching for the price to drop to a reasonable enough price for a DVD purchase. Once I found this for under £5.00 I was happy to order knowing that this was less than the price I would have spent if I had watched this in the cinema.
Running at two hours this film is a little longer than most films that I seem to watch now that usually run at around 90-100 minutes. I was slightly worried that this film might not be able to hold my attention but I need not have worried.
From the beginning of this film I was intrigued. There was something about watching Mark at his computer that had me interested. I don't know if this was appealing to the nerdy side of me, the side that loves technology and anything to do with it, or if this was because I knew that a website was slowly being born that was going to change the way that we connect and communicate forever. Whatever it was I was gripped and when my husband paused this to visit the kitchen I found myself groaning out loud at having to wait to find out what happened next.
In addition to telling the story of the making of Facebook, and the legal battles that ensued, I felt that this film touched on a few different areas. Anxiety, social angst, class and personality being just some of the young person related issues that were touched on here. I really felt like I could relate to the character of Mark and the emotions and feelings that he was experiencing at the time. Some of the most gripping moments, for me, were those when the legal representatives were sitting around together and Mark was using sarcasm to express how angry he was feeling. I really felt for him then and the situation that he was in, sitting in a room with his old 'best' friend who was now suing him. I just couldn't help but feel sorry for Mark's character at various points in this film and I really felt myself relating to him in a way that shows the sign of a fantastic film.
The main male leads in this film, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg, are just fantastic. Each of the roles brings something additional to this film and they work incredibly well together. The tension, emotion and drama felt real every step of the way and held my attention throughout. This film is really a male dominated film and there are no 'nice' females in this film at all, which is a bit of a shame, however, this clearly shows the angst and problems that Mark Zuckerberg faced throughout his early adult years and gave a real insight in to the man who created this amazing website that changed the social networking world forever.
I really did enjoy this film and I am glad that I purchased it on DVD so I can watch it again. I first watched this DVD with a couple of friends and my husband. My husband was apprehensive about watching this as he did not feel that he would enjoy it much, however, he watched the whole film and then at the end he stated how enjoyable it was and that he was glad he was watched it.
I've been putting off watching this for a while now, just not really in the mood for it. However, the opening scene of the film put away any worries I had of this being just another run of the mill boring factual film. Instead, it's an eye opening drama that centres around the lives of the people caught up in the phenomenon that is facebook.
Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, genius student at Harvard who starts working on a social networking idea when his girlfriend dumps him and his anger makes him want to get even online. Before long, rich twins in one of the higher fraternities float an idea to him of making a social networking site for members to share information. Along with his best friend, economics major Eduardo, they create facemash, the forerunner that will eventually become facebook. However, its success means that everyone wants a slice of the pie, especially those who feel they deserve it.
The cleverness of the film is how the tale is told. We flick between the story itself and the
preliminary legal proceedings as first Eduardo and then the twins sue Mark once facebook becomes global and they find themselves aggrieved. This ensures that the film doesn't become stagnant, but the main interest is in the fast paced dialogue that it gives you as a viewer. Any thoughts of a slow film you can switch off to are dispelled almost immediately, as the dialogue becomes riveting and widespread.
A lot of this is down to the cast, brilliantly chosen, who excel and make sure that we're entertained, whether it's Eisenberg's near OCD performance as Mark, Andrew Garfield's smooth and moralistic best friend Eduardo, or Justin Timberlake's easily hateable character Sean Parker, the disgraced founder of Napster. I like the interaction between the three of them once the film gets going, and the way it flicks between the present and the past is enough to keep you away from what you intended on doing and firmly attentive to the screen.
David Fincher, as a director, has always loved the use of lighting to provide effect, and you can see his style all over the screen here, none moreso than in one scene where Eduardo and Parker nearly come to blows. It adds tension by creating stark simplicity to the visuals, and his direction works perfectly with Aaron Sorkin's genius ability in scriptwriting. The way he manages the screenplay is impressive, with the only caveat being that the main characters involved have all said that the tale told in the film is littered with inaccuracies when compared to reality.
And I suppose this is the whole point. It's based on a true story, and one that we've been dying to hear about, but you always have to take a pinch of salt and realise that it's BASED on true events and does not necessarily reflect them as much as we think. Either way, the film is riveting, and kept me interested from start to finish. I was extremely impressed. It wasn't perfect, and it's probably not the sort of film I'll revisit, but considering there's little or no action to speak of, they've done a very good job.
" The Social Network" is a 2010 fact based Drama film directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.
2003: Harvard University Mark Zuckerberg ( Jesse Eisenberg ) is dumped by his girlfriend, Zuckerberg is a genius but socially inept, he returns to his dorm room very drunk and begins to write a Blog criticizing her, which in turn inspires him to create an on-campus website called "Facemash" which allows users to rate females attractiveness using photo's stolen from the campus databases.
Facemash begins to be very popular within Harvard which attracts the attention of the Winklevoss brothers ( Armie Hammer, playing dual roles ), they want him to help them create a website called Harvard connection which would be a dating site for Harvard alums.
Meanwhile Zuckerberg begins to craft his own ideas about creating a website called "TheFacebook" which would be a social networking site exclusive to Harvard students, he enlists the help of his friend Eduardo Saverin, who becomes the COO of the "Company" and invests $1,000.
Soon enough TheFacebook becomes a huge smash and begins to expand outside of the Harvard community, attracting plenty of attention, including the attention of Sean Parker ( Justin Timberlake ) the disgraced and broke founder of Napster.
Throughout the movie we also see flash forwards to law offices where Zuckerberg is being simultaneously sued by both the Winklevoss brothers and also Eduardo Saverin each with different lawsuits.
The Social Network certainly gained alot of attention last year at the oscars and quite deservedly so in my opinion, while the truth in the story is open to debate and is more than likely mainly fiction, or wildly exaggerated real events ( most of the real characters portrayed in the movie have pretty much said its mainly a work of fiction ) you can't help but get sucked into the origins of the facebook page you most likely log into each day.
While i've never seen any interviews with Zuckerberg or heard anything about his personality I do think Eisenbergs portrayal is excellent, in fact all the young actors do a tremendous job of portraying their individual subjects, most surprising I think is Justin Timberlake who while no doubt is nothing like the real Sean Parker, gives a convincing performance nonetheless and you truly end up hating him at the end of the movie.
Again, while its undoubtedly mainly a work of fiction, the scriptwring by Aaron Sorkin is first class and every character invites you to become emotionally involved in them, the direction by Fincher is also excellent and while its a big departure from his other works such as Se7en and Alien3 you can clearly see his directing style coming through the screen into your living room.
Overall its wildly entertaining and worth watching for the quality of the acting alone, if you're looking for a great "True Story" you may want to look elsewhere, but its definitely compelling viewing .
As Facebook is such a 21st century phenomena, it shouldn't be surprising that a film documenting it's birth caused such a stir. I was, however, quite surprised that there was enough of a story behind it to make into a film in the first place, but I was still intrigued to see for myself what all the hype was about. The tagline creates some mystery as to what could have happened during its early beginnings before it started taking over the world : "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies".
In a nutshell, this film gives us the history of Facebook, initially introducing us to Mark Zuckerberg, played wonderfully by Jesse Eisenberg. He begins as a stereotypical nerd in the sense that at University he sits in his dorm on his computer, the cogs of his intelligent mind working overtime as he gets new ideas to both amuse and connect students through the airwaves. As the idea for a social networking site emerges, Zuckerberg is approached by some Ivy League classmates, who together propose a joint effort. It is this entanglement that led to a lawsuit being filed with numerous repercussions as the allegation that Zuckerberg 'stole' their idea is called into question.
From the very beginning of what started as a face-rating phenomena to amuse students at the Uni, through until the birth of Facebook, Zuckerberg's close friend becomes his business partner (Andrew Garfield). However, the slight 'loftiness' of Zuckerberg means that his friend gets sidelined, despite giving money to help fund the Facebook enterprise, and his eschewed envolvement is another piece of the puzzle when it comes to the lawsuit against Zuckerberg. It seems that as Facebook is born and grows into something of a world-wide phenomena virtually overnight, the excitement quickly turns into suspicion and resentment amongst both his close friend/business partner and the Ivy League students.
It was interesting to see how such an idea was formed from scratch and grew out of a dorm room at a University. It was also interesting to see the dynamics between those involved, including those who didn't know of Zuckerberg before the Facebook phenomena took over as they begin to recognise him everywhere like a God. It's not long before another famous face pops up, interested in a slice of the action; Justin Timberlake, aka the former Napster founder Sean Parker. I had no idea he was even involved, but he definitely added some spice to the film as wild parties and the 'high life' start to kick off. Perhaps it was a case of the fame and fortune going to his head, but Zuckerberg still seemed like a normal, down-to-earth guy, he was just obsessed about Facebook. In fact, I would say it was a lot less about the fame and fortune than you may think, and more about him seeing the numbers of Facebook users he had, ensuring the site worked efficiently, ensuring that his project was his own and was perfect.
The Social Network was directed by David Fincher, who has worked on a few other blockbusters such as Fight Club, and you can see his expertise through the good quality overall feel of the film. The film actually gives us snippets of the history around the law suit; as parts of the puzzle unfold in the harsh light of a formal room, we're taken back to see the events and gradually we're able to see how quickly things got out of control.
The acting and casting, in my opinion, was spot on. Whilst there were some famous and recognisable faces, these added to the feel of the film rather than becoming distractions. We're able to empathise and get a feel for Zuckerberg, almost giving us a first hand experience of what he went through, however true the dramatised version of events may be. It was interesting to get a view into Facebook in a way that I hadn't considered before; it doesn't seem as detached and conglomerate to me anymore. I see it as the construction and project of a young Zuckerberg, as something that started off from humble beginnings.
This film didn't 'jump out' at me, probably because there's not much 'oomph' to a lot of the history. You won't get exciting, action-packed scenes to reel you in. Rather, it's a dramatic reply of events and it's done in such a way that I found kept me interested because it was easy to watch, informative yet entertaining, and well portrayed by those involved.
For those buying the DVD, there are audio commentaries available from the direction, writer and several cast members (including Eisenberg, Garfield & Timberlake). There is also a documentary and some featurettes about creating the film and music, which although weren't quite my thing, padded out the purchase of the DVD a little. For £10, if nothing else, this is probably a dvd to keep for historical purposes to look back to 2003 when the seeds of the idea were being sewn and see just how monumental this global social networking revolution has been.
There's a few more positive comments on the DVD sleeve itself, including : Masterpiece", and "An American landmark" by Rolling Stone.
RRP £19.99 but selling on Amazon (2 disk collector's edition) for £9.99.
2011, rated certificate 12.
The Social Network is a film based on the creation of Facebook, it had a strong showing at the various award ceremonies and appeared to be favourite for the Oscar for Best Picture before the King's Speech popped up.
The social network is a dramatisation of how Facebook was created by Mark Zuckerberg and friends whilst they were studying at Harvard in 2002. Mark played by Jesse Eisenberg is a computer program expert studying an undefined course at Harvard when he decides to blog about the breakup of a relationship, the blog gets read over 20 000 times and Mark realises there could be an opportunity to write a web page where people can express their views. The film is cast as two separate litigation law suits in which Mark is being questioned by two separate claimants on the millions made by Facebook, one is by a pair of rich twins who claim they came up with the idea before Mark and the other is by Facebook's co-founder Eduardo Saverin. This is framework which the film works through, using the two law cases as props to slowly introduce the events of Facebook's conception, as a whole it works mainly because the two cases are vastly different and tell different aspects of the story.
The film rises and falls on the performances of the largely unknown cast, the direction and the speed of transference from the court case to the real events. The casting of Eisenberg as the nerdish slightly autistic Zuckerberg along with the sloany clothes, slang speech and tendency to defocus on the relatively unimportant pushes the film from what could have been a docu drama into award winning territory.
The key however to the whole film is the dialogue, a film which could have been mired in dullness and a dry stick of a piece of modern history is saved by the snappy lines, the sparkling dialogue between Mark, Eduardo, and the Winkelvoss twins push a on the face of it dull concept into two hours where the viewer is spell bound. Add a bit of reverse snobbery of the viewer against the posh and overbearing Winkelvoss twins, the innate richness of Harvard and the knowledge that a lot of the young men portrayed in the film are now amongst the richest young men in the world and you have a film worth watching.
The final delicious irony is using Justin Timberlake, once again reminding us he's a fine actor and not just a pretty face as the instigator of Napster Sean Parker. I have to say that the real Sean Parker is not the best looking of guys and I do wonder if at any point he said in his early years "one day I'll get Justin Timberlake to play me in film" Brilliant. The other pleasant aspect is the sheer number of very pretty young girls in the film, they aren't doing anything particularly revealing but they certainly liven up the viewing. One particularly comes in with Sean when the group have moved to LA and I can't for the life of me find out her real name except she was one of the prettiest girls in a Audrey Hepburn style I've ever seen, she doesn't have any lines or do anything in the film but was well worth watching.
The film draws to a conclusion and it's clear that the two cases have strong evidence for Zuckerbergs guilt; he of course has little or no interest and simply switches on the computer. The film concludes and leaves the impression of men who through their genius and being in the right place at the right time created a monster brand.
I've got to say that though it's a brilliant piece of writing I did the get the feeling that it was a brilliant piece of docudrama more suited to an airing on BBC3 on a Wednesday night rather than a multi award winning film. I guess the main problem is the thinness of the story, after all it is just the story of setting up a web page and little else, and all the rest is to camouflage a very simple story very well told.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Is a drama documentary about how the social networking site 'Facebook' was created.
The main star of the show is Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg (the creator of Facebook).
The Social Network is a true story of how the, now very popular, social networking site Facebook.com was created. It all starts off with Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), an IT wizard who creates FaceMash first, and spreads it around his University, Harvard.
The FaceMash application, which allowed users to grade and compare two girls from the university on their 'hotness', became an instant hit with the whole university. Apart from the offended girls that were used as the base of the site.
Mark has his blog taken off him and faces temporary academic suspension. After he returns, a group of rowers meet up with Mark and ask him to create 'The Harvard Connection': a networking site, much like Facebook, where Harvard students can talk and find out about each other within a friends system.
Mark doesn't start work on 'The Harvard Connection', however. Inspired, he begins work on 'thefacebook', a social networking site that would in turn spread across universities, and change the way that the world thinks of social networking.
==Did I like it?==
I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought that it was an excellent dramatization of the events that led to the creation of Facebook. Although, I would like to note that anyone wanting a light-hearted movie about the internet probably shouldn't approach this. This isn't light hearted, and it's very technical from the word 'go'.
While my sister, our families Facebook-a-holic was sitting there bored, I was watching with intent amazement on how the different features of Facebook where discovered, and it is really quite a gripping story leading up to the finished product that many of us use today.
My family will generally refer to me as a 'geek' or 'nerd'. Which, I guess, I am. This may have been the reason for my extreme enjoyment of this film, as it does focus a lot on the technical side of the social networking giant. There are parts that are humorous too, just to ease any boredom that you may have.
So, I enjoyed it - if you have any interest whatsoever in the actual technical creation of Facebook, I'm sure you will too.
The characters are all based off real people, and although I don't really know what the people are like in real life, I can only say that the acting for each of the characters was absolutely fantastic. Like I said, I'm not confirming that Mark Zuckerberg is as arrogant or reckless as he is in this film, but the facts definitely keep to real life events, right down to the details for what (and how much) Mark Zuckerberg was (Spoiler) sued for (end of spoiler).
A film about the creation of a Social Networking website is hardly a triple A blockbuster film with all the special-effects that you can actually fit on a screen at any one time, however, everything that takes place in the film looks nice and believable, and the locations where the movie was filmed all look really good.
The scenes in night clubs also have impressive uses of laser effects, although I expect those were actually there, it being a night club and all.
==How does it compare to similar films==
This is possibly the very hardest part of the review, seen as there are actually very few similar films. While the idea isn't exactly an astounding piece of flair and originality, the way that it is executed is. While there aren't many films surrounding the development of products, especially those surrounding computing, I can't think of a better way of creating a 'How it's done' movie than how it is done in 'The Social Network'. So, full marks, I guess.
==Value for Money==
I watched this on a one time offer from Sky Box Office, at a price of £3, while it was only me and my dad that enjoyed it (my sister and her friend looked dismally bored for a lot of it, despite their belief that they would enjoy it) , I thought at the time 'This is brilliant' and 'Totally worth the £3.'
So I guess, if you're into this kind of film, it is, most certainly, worth all the money that you can reasonably throw at it. Although I would say that watching it more than once would turn into a chore more than an outstanding movie, seen as the twists and turns of the development of Facebook only remain interesting the first time.
The Social Network is rated 12A, and has some content that could be deemed unsuitable for children. These elements include
* Sexual Content
There are several scenes that take place in night clubs. Some of them have bikini-clad women in them.
There are two uses of the word 'f*ck'. They are used very closely to each other. There are some harsh words that wouldn't usually be considered 'swearing' that are used. Some moderate language is used.
Underage drug use, underage smoking, underage drinking.
There's really nothing here that a twelve year old couldn't handle, so there's nothing that I can really say against The Social Networks rating. However, if a child of that age would understand and enjoy it (they may not even know what Facebook is) is a different matter.
The movie 'The Social Network' is an astounding take on the events that led to the creation of the Facebook. You never know, watching this incredible piece of filmmaking, you'll probably learn something. Hell, you could even learn something watching this.
I'm sure that the nerds (like me) that love the technical side of things will find this a truly astounding watch, whereas, if you don't like the tech behind it - you might not like it that much, even if you are the biggest fan of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, even though you don't understand a word of what is behind Facebook or how it was created.
Therefore I shall give the 'techy' rating of five out of five and the 'Facebook Fan' level of three out of five.
That will average out to a 'pretty good' 4/5. Recommended to nerds, film and Facebook fanatics alike.
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Humanity's greatest modern creation has its own origins story to tell - and it's an extremely complex and fascinating one that juggles humour, jealousy, corruption, greed, sex and some good-old underage drinking (who'd have thought?). Everyone has used or heard of Facebook at least once in his/her life. It has revolutionised the way we connect with those around us, and is one the many advanced tools that are slowly but surely undermining the international boundaries that separate us. "The Social Network" tells the story of how a few students at Harvard were responsible for all of this. Targeting how a lot of us think and find interesting about other people's lives, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) created something where we can all list information about ourselves, but also something we can all use to keep in touch with our friends. But was all of this entirely his creation? Apparently not, since soon after its creation, Zuckerberg was faced with lawsuits from his former best-friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) and the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence) who claimed that Zuckerberg had stolen their idea.
So how on earth did this mess start in the first place? The film starts with Zuckerberg insulting his girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara) which then leads her to dump him for being an "asshole." Driven by anger and bitter resentment towards his ex, he starts blogging about the embarrassing details of Erica's life and comes up with the idea of creating a website that compares the "hotness" of all the female undergraduates at Harvard. Hacking into various college websites containing headshots of the students, Zuckerberg creates this website overnight whilst slightly intoxicated with beer. The website is a huge success across the campus and the sheer amount of users logging on at once threatens to almost crash the college server system. For this Zuckerberg is given a six-month academic probation, although he tries to argue that the college should be thanking him for merely pointing out the weaknesses in the computer systems. During his time-off his ingenious website becomes the talking point for many Harvard students and as word travels, sparks an interest of all-round talented Winklevoss twins and their business partner Divya (Max Minghella), who are working on building a social network site exclusive for Harvard students. They obviously need the best and smartest programmer, so who better than the guy who almost took down the college network?
Zuckerberg accepts the proposal and the twins are in business - or so they think. With help from his friend Eduardo, his algorithm and his start-off money, Zuckerberg gets ambitious. Why stay solely at Harvard? Why not expand to Princeton, Yale and Stanford? With bold ideas and enough brains and cash to fund his task, Zuckerberg loses touch with the twins completely. Basically they have been taken out of the equation. The twins are outraged and as this Facebook phenomenon starts venturing out internationally, they cannot just stand aside and watch as Zuckerberg rakes in the big bucks. In comes one lawsuit. The addition of the money-hungry, narcissistic Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) to the Facebook creating group adds more unwanted tension between Zuckerberg and Eduardo. Parker doesn't like that Eduardo's ambitions are too safe and not making enough money; which is why Parker is determined to push Eduardo out of the business through sneaky legal documents and manipulation of Zuckerberg. Parker's plan works, as Eduardo's share in the company is largely diluted without his knowledge - in comes another lawsuit.
David Fincher's clever structure involves flashback sequences that arise from various depositions that Zuckerberg sits through. Two different lawsuits, full of juicy background stories that turn this into such an enriching experience. Is Zuckerberg the bad guy here? According to the way Eisenberg brilliantly portrays him, no. Like he says: he "saw an opportunity and took it." The Winklevoss twins argue their idea was stolen. Zuckerberg insists that all the computer codes were written by him. He never comes off as a purposefully vindictive or hateful character - just insanely clever with very little people skills. Whether the real Zuckerberg is like this or not is beside the point. There is enough heart in the character for us to sympathise with him. His early scenes with his best-friend Eduardo and the growing bond between are wholly relatable and seeing that friendship slowly deteriorate is often painful to watch.
Eisenberg and Garfield make a highly effective team, starting off as good buddies then as mortal enemies. As intensity builds between the two, the one given the chance to show off more emotions is Garfield and he pulls this off nicely. Eisenberg's nerdy, slightly awkward personality that stays with him throughout is impressively sustained which adds plenty of humour in this college drama. He does have a caring side as well though, and despite the geekiness there is warmth in his performance. Hammer is also excellent as the Winklevoss twins (the twins were played by two different actors but in the end, Fincher decided Hammer looked more like the twins and had his face superimposed on Pence's), the 6'6" 220lbs rowing giants whose occasional intellectual, scholarly outbursts (because let's face it, they are at Harvard) is an unexpected comedy delight. Timberlake is also on top form as the slick and suave womanising Parker. He is as slimy and self-absorbed as can be, and Timberlake is alarmingly excellent in this role. He's got the cocky grin, the smooth moves and is absolutely spot-on.
Aaron Sorkin, the man responsible for many critical hits such as "A Few Good Men" and "The West Wing," scripts yet another sharp and witty screenplay that immediately draws the audience in. Just have a look at the opening sequence where Zuckerberg is dumped. It starts off with a nerdy conversation topic but quickly escalates into an argument. Nothing is forced here, and his brilliant transition of tone is unbelievably excellent. The rest of the script is filled with such turns, with sly humour and plenty of details surrounding these fascinating characters to keep us all interested. Sorkin has once penned a to-the-point, fast-moving, tense drama that keeps perfectly to its course throughout.
The award buzz surrounding "The Social Network" is continuing to grow and there is a real chance that this could win the much coveted Best Picture prize at the 2011 Academy Awards - and rightly so. There have been many excellent films this year, but none quite as captivating, funny, and moving as Fincher's latest. This would be a more than worthy winner this year and is a must-see.
Note: scandalously, this DIDN'T win the Best Picture - a warm, mushy, feel-good "The King's Speech" did. If you haven't seen this, you owe it to yourself to check it out on DVD.
(Film only review)
== The Social Network ==
The Social Network is a 2010 movie based on the social networking site Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) was just a normal but very intelligent college kid and one day back in 2003 his current girlfriend at the time Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) breaks up with him back at his dorm. After the break up Mark basically tells her he hates her and everything these young kids do nowadays and he then decides to write a blog about Erica. Basically all her bad points and what he thinks about her. After doing so he gets inspired and decides to create a website on rating women on there attractiveness and compare them to other female students.
With the help of his best friend at the time Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) he creates a website called FaceMash where the student can choose out of two random girls which they think is the more attractive. Mark however receives six months of academic probation because his site crashes all the Harvard University networks. Although Mark is on probation his new site FaceMash takes an unexpected turn and actually receives a lot of new members from the university.
Meanwhile else where two identical twins called the Winklevoss give Mark a job as their programmer for there website they intend to create called Harvard Connection. Shortly after starting work for them, Mark goes to see his best friend Eduardo and tells him his ideas of a new networking site called 'TheFacebook' (thats basically what he calls it at first till later in the movie). Its meant to be just for the Harvard network and what erupts into a major phenomenon across the whole world. Eduardo deposits funds into this site so Mark can create it and to make it world wide. However later on a few years down the line the Winklevoss twins try suing Mark for billions of dollars and also his once was best friend is also trying to sue him for so much money. Question is can they win?
Thats the basic plot of the movie cut short. It is quite a long movie and is an incredible story line in my opinion. It is a true story and Mark Zuckerberg is the actual person who created the phenomenon that is Facebook. The movie is quite dramatic in a lot of places and some scenes do go to far with the story.
=== Did You Enjoy It? ===
To be honest I have watched this twice now and the first time I didn't really think much to it but now I have watched it a second time I actually do quite like the movie and the basic story line of the film. Another good thing I liked about it was the fact it is based on a true story and this guy is a really smart guy to become a billionaire at such a young age, all from creating a networking site called Facebook. This wasn't the only things I enjoyed about the movie, you see when I first watched it I did fall asleep at some point not sure where but the second time I was glued, it basically had me glued to my television...literally. The performance of the cast was really enjoyable even though the cast isn't all that great to be perfectly honest. There aren't to many special effects so I didn't enjoy that aspect of the movie.
There was one thing I was quite impressed with and it made it a lot more enjoyable and that was the chemistry between Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield as in this they really do give the feeling they are best friends, they really worked well together. The Social Network is an interesting drama movie with plenty of kicks/twists and tons and tons of drama that will keep you hooked throughout the movie. The drama is intense which made me enjoy the movie a lot more. All in all it was a fantastically enjoyable movie that had everything I wanted in a drama movie.
=== About Mark Zuckerberg ===
Mark Zuckerberg was born May 14th, 1984 and he is the guy who founded the social networking site Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg started using computers at a young age and did everything on them that he wanted to do and he had achieved most of his goals at a very young age. Mark Zuckerberg was born in New York and his parents are Edward his father, a dentist and Karen his mother, a psychiatrist. Mark has three sisters called Donna, Randy and Arielle and they were all brought up together in Ferry, New York. Mark Zuckerberg was raised Jewish, even though he know describes himself as an Atheist. Mark Zuckerberg was 20 years old when he made the social networking site known as Facebook (I think). Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room on February 4th, 2004 and ever since has been one of the richest guys in the U.S and the world.
=== Characters/Performances ===
Now we know the main character in the movie is Mark Zuckerberg and he is played by Jesse Eisenberg and he does play the role pretty well and Jesse Eisenberg is a fairly well known actor throughout the world. He has been in many top movies such as, Zombieland, Adventureland, The Education of Charlie Banks and The Squid and The Whale. Jesse does have some good chemistry with his fellow actor and friend Andrew Garfield who played Eduardo Saverin and he was equally as good as Jesse. They were both brilliant especially the second time I watched this. Andrew Garfield has also been in many movies such as, Never Let Me Go, Boy A and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and he is soon to be the lead role in the new Spiderman movie. The rest of the cast was also not to bad but their performances were a lot better. To be honest I was a bit iffy with the cast line up when I first seen it but as I watched the movie for the second time they all grew on me and I feel they did brilliantly. Some of the other actors/actresses included, singer and actor Justin Timberlake, also Brenda Song, Armie Hammer who actually played both roles of the Winklevoss twins, Max Minghella, Rashida Jones, Joseph Mazzello, Rooney Mara, Dustin Fitzsimons, Patrick Mapel, Douglas Urbanski, Wallace Langham, Dakota Johnson, Malese Jow, Denise Grayson, Trevor Wright, John Getz, Shelby Young and finally David Selby. There were however two uncredited actors in the movie and they were Jason Flemyng and Aaron Sorkin. All in all the cast doesn't look to great but I feel they did the movie proud with terrific performances.
=== The Director ===
The director of The Social Network is David Fincher better known as David Andrew Leo Fincher and he was born August 28th, 1962 and he is also an American film director and music video director. David Fincher is a renown director throughout the movie industry and has directed absolutely loads of movies and some of them are very well known. Here are a few of them. He has directed Fight Club which of course stars Brad Pitt, Panic Room, Zodiac, Se7en, The Game and also many many more. All in all he is one of my favourite directors and I think he is a credit to this movie, great work.
=== Soundtrack ===
The soundtrack to the movie in my opinion was actually quite average. Don't get me wrong it had some great songs that were used but it just didn't seem right. Its a drama movie and at times rock songs were introduced and other songs like that. There is a CD that has been released which is the whole soundtrack to the movie. Some of the tracks in the movie did however mix in well with the scenes but most of them didn't. The whole soundtrack is sang by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. At the beginning of the movie two songs are heard that don't feature on the soundtrack and they were The White Stripes - Ball And Biscuit and The Beatles - Baby, Your A Rich Man. On the soundtrack CD there are a total of 19 tracks, so all in all not to shabby it just doesn't go well with the movie in my eyes.
=== How Does It Compare With Similar Movies? ===
To be perfectly honest I cant really compare this movie to many that I can think of at the top of my head, however if I was to compare it to other drama movies I would have to say this is one of the best of its genre. It is quite entertaining, it is very enjoyable and it does have a lot of tension and dramatic scenes in it. If you would like a list of similar movies that are apparently like this then check the trusted website out that is listed below. That is basically all I can say about the similar types of movies but from all the drama films I have seen this is definitely one of the best I have seen, well second time round anyways.
=== Final Thought ===
I would say it is definitely value for money, its a very energetic drama movie with an excellent story that is a true story, what more do you need to know? Its funny in some places, although the cast doesn't look great don't let it put you off because they all do fantastically well. Also the soundtrack is a little weak but its still got some good songs that you may enjoy. It does lack special effects but thats no biggy t be honest. Jesse Eisenberg isn't really very well liked and to be honest I don't know why, maybe because he plays the same similar role in all his movies and it maybe makes people think hes not that talented but he does very well in this. It is a very enjoyable film and if your a fan of drama movies or even a fan of Facebook then this movie might be just up your street. I doubt you would need to watch it twice but I am just weird like that. I would watch it again and I am going to get this for my DVD collection because I really did like it. All in all a top movie and has everything I could ask for. I would rate this movie a very comfortable 8/10 worthy of your time.
The movies runtime is 120 minutes long which I guess could be another fault to the movie because it is actually a tad too long to be fair and it does drag at times and some people maybe put off by that but I say give it a go. The certificate of the movie is a PG-13.
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I watched this film with an open mind but usually if a fil is based on a true story I have more interest in it.
The film is about how Facebook started out and its early days of sucess. It starts off at Harvard with the main character Zuckermann played by Jesse Eisenberg hanging round his dorm with his best friend. His best friend is eager to join popular fraternities at Harvard as he wants to be popular with the girls. You get the impression that Zuckermann and his friends are bit geeky and did not have the super riches of the members of the popular Fraternities.
Zuckerman comes up with an idea based on what a basic version on Harvard's internet. While his friend trys to get him to come out of his shell he works on his idea. He wants it to be able to work with other universities across America and eventually Europe + what Facebook has become today across the world.
In the early part of the film the popular and very rich Winklevoss twins speak to Zuckermann + his friend about a dating site. Once facebook starts to become successful there is a lawsuit from the Winlevoss twins for Zuckerman to deal with.
The film shows how someone's idea started out and how this effects friendships and he becomes popular.
Justin Timberlake's character as the founder of Napster shows how Zuckerman gets easliy lead.
It is amazing to realize how the sucess was quite recent and very quick. The excitement the main character gets when he overhears people saying 'Facebook Me' which is now a common place phrase.