The Social Network is a must-see movie for anyone interested in the Internet and particularly in Facebook.com. It is a fascinating story about the youngest billionaire ever, Mark Zuckerberg, and his fight to claim Facebook as his own against the Winklevoss twins who hired him to code their idea for a similar website.
Mark Zuckerberg is portrayed as a computer geek who does not dress well, does not care about money, and does nothing to gain friends; his main interest is his computer and ultimately his creation known as Facebook. Jesse Eisenberg, as Mark Zuckerberg, downplays his role or rather does not attempt to hog the scene. He is far more comfortable communicating with his computer than with his fellow workers. I was able to sympathize with his side of the story throughout the film as he was brought before so many panels investigating the origins of Facebook.
The movie opens with the dialogue proceeding so swiftly that it is at first difficult to follow. This appears to be an attribute of the highly intelligent and particularly of the Harvard student. The viewer must listen carefully throughout the movie in order to keep up with the banter of these brilliant nerds.
A large portion of the movie involves the investigation surrounding whether Zuckerberg is guilty of intellectual property theft. This serious side is tempered by the social doings of the parties involved. Justin Timberlake does a splendid job of portraying Sean Parker, the very social co-creator of Napster, and adds much to the lighter side of the film. It appears that Justin has a great future as an actor.
Mark’s friend, Eduardo Saverin, portrayed by Andrew Garfield, puts up a total of $19,000 to float Facebook in its infancy. He is interested in making money on Facebook while Mark is interested only in improving its efficacy. Mark listens to Sean Parker and moves his headquarters to California while Eduardo stays in New York to do an internship. Eduardo’s role with Facebook is downsized considerably and he sues Mark for his interest in the company. Concurrently, the Winklevoss twins initiate their own suit. One of Mark’s lawyers, a young lady, tells Mark to settle with the Winklevoss brothers for $65 million which she claims is a drop in the bucket from what Facebook will produce for him in the future.
Members of the cast have already caught the attention of movie producers. Andrew Garfield, for one, is scheduled to play Spiderman in the upcoming sequel which will no longer star Toby McGuire.
I was totally impressed with the film which is already producing vibes of Academy Award stature. I have some personal qualms concerning the invasion of privacy which is prevalent on Facebook and can only hope that this flaw is remedied in the future. I look forward to hearing more about our youngest billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.
Movie – “The Social Network” (2010)