AppsScraps Movie Reviews

Jan 15, 2011

The Social Network

Release date: 24 September 2010 (New York Film Festival)

David Fincher directs what will be an Oscar contender about the rise of Facebook and its founder, the acerbic Mark Zuckerberg (Jessie Esienberg). When Zuckerberg gets dumped by his girlfriend he heads back to his Harvard dorm room and invents what will become Facebook. Helped by his closest friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and initially funded by two wealthy Harvard classmates, the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence), Facebook takes off across American colleges. Zuckerberg moves to California and is befriended by Napster founder Sean Parker (a very good Justin Timberlake) who secures the 'in' needed to flow Silicon Valley dollars to the enterprise. But along the way Zuckerberg manages to alienate those who helped him and ends up being sued and sued again. Fincher does an excellent job pulling the matrix of connections associated with this story together and the scenes with Zuckerberg and his lawyers mediating settlements are by far the best. Guaranteed to make you look at Facebook a little differently after seeing it, The Social Network proves truth is - as always - stranger than fiction.

My rating 8 out of 10.

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