The Social Network: Movie Review
The Social Network
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake,
Director: David Fincher
Facebook - Like or dislike, it's part of our daily lives now on a massive
So perhaps it was inevitable that Hollywood would turn its attention to this
phenom, and now here it is.
The great Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg as we dive back to the heady
days of the 2003 Harvard scene - as the film opens the obnoxious and arrogant
Zuckerberg is being dumped by his girlfriend (Rooney Mara - soon to be seen in
the Millennium Trilogy remakes as Lisbeth Salander).
Angered by his treatment, he heads back to his college room and starts to use
the internet to vent his spleen, before deciding on hacking into the Harvard
mainframe so that he can set up a Harvard college-based 'Hot or Not' website to
get back at the campus women.
Pretty soon, his site goes viral and causes the campus to crash - and this
brings him to the attention of not only security and the admin board on campus,
but also to the attention of a pair of Harvard twins, the Winkelvosses, who are
working on a site idea called The Harvard Connection.
While Zuckerberg initially seems keen on the idea, he soon apparently uses
the basis of that proposal to found a site, thefacebook, with business partner
and long-term friend Eduardo Saverin (Spiderman's new webslinger Andrew
However, when thefacebook gets bigger and the co-founder of Napster Sean
Parker (a great turn by Justin Timberlake) gets on board to try and help spread
the word, it all begins to go wrong for Zuckerberg, as blind ambition clouds his
The Social Network is written by the West Wing scribe Aaron Sorkin - and you
know it from the moment the film opens.
With a sensationally wordy and intelligent opening, every character flaw of
Zuckerberg is laid bare - his snobbishness, his petulance, his arrogance (as his
ex tells him, "People will hate you but it's not because you're a nerd, it's
because you're an asshole") are there for all to witness.
The whole film's framed around two legal cases - one brought by Saverin and
the other brought by the Winklevoss Twins - and the narrative zips back and
forth to both cases and the founding of Facebook.
Director David Fincher does a great job of pulling the various threads
together and a blistering soundtrack from Trent Reznor keeps the whole thing
Sure, there are a couple of lulls in energy here and there (after some two
hours you'd expect some kind of dip), but with a excellently written and tautly
pulled together (and occasionally witty) script combined with an absolutely
mesmerising turn from Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network is simply unmissable
and the film for the web generation.