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 as a small site among friends 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.
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When speculations that a movie about Facebook first spread, people had mixed reactions as to how the film would play out. But on the contrary, Facebook is nothing more than a platform for the true, deeper meaning that lies inside 'The Social Network'.
Written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher, 'The Social Network' tells the tale of 19 year old Mark Zuckerberg and how he ended up founding Facebook. But this isn't a history lesson on the beginnings of a popular social networking site. No, it's far more. The story is complex and diverse in every way. The story revolves around several main characters, such as Mark, Eduardo Saverin ( who is Mark's best friend in the film ), and 3 other significant people, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss as well as their business partner, Divya Narendra. They come up with an idea for a social networking site, and claim that Mark Zuckerberg stole that idea and intend to sue him. This just spirals into what turns out to be an epic, courtroom drama outside of a courtroom. It becomes a tale of friendship, betrayal, feuds, anger and so much more. All this and the fact that it's basically a "possession-war" with students as the soldiers.
'The Social Network' is a work of pure genius. Everything from the visuals to the dialogue all the way to the score of the movie, all fit together so well. It really isn't a movie about Facebook because it has so much more flavour and intensity that calling it 'The Facebook Movie' would just be an insult to what is truly a once-in-a-lifetime film.
The cast in this film is also fantastic. Jessie Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg, pulls of the character so well you would think that he was Mark's younger brother. Andrew Garfield, who plays Eduardo Saverin, is also amazing in his acting. He will also be playing the new Peter Parker in the next Spider-man movie, so fans of his fine work have something to look forward to. Also, special guest Justin Timberlake is also featured in this film, playing Sean Parker, who in the film is the founder of Napster. Surprisingly, Mr. Nsync does a commendable job.
Overall, the movie is genius. It's simple but captivating and full of moments that will capture your attention. There might be an audience that would dislike this film, but that is only a minority.
The Social Network
Last Thursday night my COR class went to see the movie “The Social Network” directed by David Fincher. As they say in newspaper critiques, I give it “Two thumbs way up”. I enjoyed every minute of the movie. It kept you guessing throughout the movie with its many conflicts mainly amongst the main characters. It’s not an action packed movie at all but keeps you interested all the way to the end.
“The Social Network” is the story behind the making of the internet obsession Facebook. It is also about how many conflicts came about for the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg played by Jesse Eisenberg, during the development of this network. The movie starts on the campus of Harvard University in the fall of 2003. At this point we really figure out how smart Mark Zuckerberg is when he creates a website in one night that rated girls on how they looked compared to one another. In this one night the site received 22,000 hits and crashed the Harvard computer network. During the making of this site we meet the future CFO of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin played by Andrew Garfield. Eduardo was the best friend of Zuckerberg. He had a lot of money to start up the website and often did provide any amount to do so. After Zuckerberg noticed that Facebook was growing very rapidly, he decided that he needed to expand. When Zuckerberg and Eduardo decided to go look for advertisement, they set up a meeting with Sean Parker the creator of Napster. Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, is kind of a loose cannon but has many good ideas to make the site more successful including the idea of changing the name from “The Facebook”, to just “Facebook”. Parker persuades Zuckerberg to move to California, this is where the big problems begin to start for all three of the characters. Lawsuits start coming in from everyone throughout the movie and ultimately make up the story line.
Jesse Eisenberg, who played Mark Zuckerberg, portrayed him very well. It seemed like he was very in touch with the part he had in the movie. After seeing many videos of Zuckerberg, I noticed how well Eisenberg acted. Every action that Zuckerberg does in his interviews is shown through Eisenberg’s acting. All the actors did a great job of portraying the people that they were acting like. Justin Timberlake, who played Sean Parker, played the role as party boy very well and showed that Parker was a manipulative loose cannon. Andrew Garfield, who played Eduardo Saverin, played the role of the nice guy. Throughout the movie I had the most trust in Eduardo because of the way Garfield acted the part correctly.
I liked how this movie kept me guessing. You never knew what was going to happen next. The movie had a great cast who portrayed their characters very well. The movie is very fast moving and you have to pay attention throughout the entire film to understand everything. The good thing about the fast pace is that there is never a dull moment in the movie. The clashing of the main characters is very entertaining. The only thing I didn’t like about the movie is that it could be confusing if it didn’t have your full attention. If you looked away from the screen at all you could miss something very important.
The message I got from this movie was don’t trust anyone when it comes to money and credit. I think this message will be thought by many viewers of this film. All the manipulation that goes on really gives it this theme.
I believe this movie would be liked by anyone who has a Facebook, or who is into computers, and is at least in high school. I would recommend this movie to anyone who has a Facebook because that is the reason why this interested me. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to people who know nothing about Facebook or computers. I just don’t think that it would be very interesting to them because it would be very confusing to them. “The Social Network” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language. The film was very good and I would watch it again and again and again.
5 out of 5
Biography of Author
The author of this review is Brad Altstadt. He is the youngest in a family of 5. He has two older brothers and is also a twin. He is a freshman at Greenville College in Greenville, IL where he is a psychology major and plays basketball for the college and also enjoys playing other sports.
The Social Network: Right for Everyone
Last week I went to the theatre and saw “The Social Network”. I didn’t quite know what to think about this movie because at first I did not think that with the title “The Social Network”, that it was going to be an “on the edge of your seat thriller”, but it proved to be quite entertaining. Who knew that a movie about computers and Facebook would be so interesting and suspenseful? Maybe a lot of people, including myself, don’t realize what it takes to develop an extremely successful website like “Facebook”.
“The Social Network” is about a freshman at Harvard University in 2004, Mark Zuckerburg, who develops a social networking website so that people could interact through the internet. Zuckerburg (Jesse Eisenburg) starts his story by creating a website by hacking into the Harvard University computer system to create his own web page called “Facemash”, which involved comparing the faces of women at Harvard and then sending them throughout the campus. The goal of this website was to allow people to rank the women on how attractive they were compared to another coed on campus. This clever idea got an extreme amount of views in a short time and also led Zuckerburg into some extreme trouble as well. Although he did suffer some of the consequences of his actions it also helped him come up with the idea of connecting people through the internet through one simple website. It’s this website that causes Zuckerburg to embark on this incredible journey while creating the website “Facebook”. Zuckerburg cannot complete this task on his own; he receives the help of many friends along the way. The main source of help came from Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), who helped finance the beginning stages of “Facebook”. Zuckerburg and Saverin would prove to have a struggling relationship throughout the movie which led to Saverin wanting his fair share of the company. Zuckerburg would also receive help from a very odd and condescending source of Sean Parker (Justin Timeberlake). Throughout the movie, Parker often manipulates Zuckerburg with his “money, money, party” attitude. Parker also feuds with Saverin multiple times throughout the movie. Two brothers, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer Jr. and Josh Pence), also try to reap the benefits from this website as they claim the original website was their idea. Throughout the movie, Zuckerburg’s pathway to success takes many twists and turns ranging from legal trouble to the influence of the wrong people.
The cast did a great job adapting to their roles. Jesse Eisenburg (Zuckerburg) displays a hilarious, sarcastic attitude towards everything and everyone. But he is very witty and intelligent which helps portray Zuckerburg very well. Andrew Garfield (Saverin) does a great job of being a concerned friend for Zuckerburg throughout the movie. Justin Timberlake (Parker) adapts to the attitude of his character and often brings laughter to viewers with his entertaining views on life. Armie Hammer Jr. and Josh Pence (Winklevoss Twins) are fantastic as they play the attempted spoilers on Zuckerburg’s creation. This movie may not have been as engulfing if these actors did not do the job they did.
It is safe to say that this movie met and even exceeded my expectations. I specifically liked that attitude that Zuckerburg has throughout the movie. When being punished by Harvard University, he asked for recognition because he had found a flaw in the University’s computer system. This is only one of the many examples of Zuckerburgs comical outlook on his whole social networking project. It is this attitude that leads to his success overall throughout the movie.
What I learned from this movie and also what I think others could learn from this movie is that even a teenager can break through the doors of success. It also shows that the determination of someone or a group of people can help create an invention that is used and enjoyed by so many people throughout the world.
This movie is intended for people that use “Facebook” and want to learn its story. I myself would recommend this movie to anyone. It can also be viewed by a wide range of people as it is rated PG-13. This movie was great and I really believe that it has and will continue to live up to the hype that it has been given. Although this was not the best movie I’ve ever see, I would give it a very deserving grade of 4 ½ out of 5 stars.
This movie was reviewed by a freshman at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois. He enjoys playing sports and also is not very good with computers which also shows how this movie can be seen by a wide range of people. Being a Facebook user, he was also interested in the story of its beginning.