The Social Network
31/10/2010 § 6 Comments
The Social Network, in case you haven’t heard of it, is a film by Aaron Sorkin, that tells the tale of how Facebook was created and the lawsuits that ensued after Facebook was created. The screenplay was based off of the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. None of the key players of Facebook were involved in the film project however the co-founder of Facebook, Edwardo Saverin was a consultant for the Mezrich book.
I was truly excited when I heard about this film. Being an avid “Facebooker,” (I think I just made up that word) I really wanted to know how it came about and know the back story of this brilliant computer geek, Mark Zuckerberg.
The film begins in a courtroom, where Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is being questioned. From there it is a series of flashbacks to show how Facebook was created. It all started with Zuckerberg trying to get back at the girl who dumped him. Zuckerberg was attending Harvard at the time, and the school houses offered a thing called The Face Book where housemates could find information on each other. Zuckerberg decided to hack The Face Book of every Harvard house and create a thing called FaceMash, where Harvard boys could rate two Harvard girls and pick the one who was more attractive.
This started all the legal issues for Zuckerberg, as he had hacked into the Harvard system and that, of course, was illegal. Without giving away the entire story, Zuckerberg creates Facebook, and after hitting it big, gets sued by various people; old college mates who said it was their idea and even by Facebook’s co-founder, Edwardo Saverin. Why does he sue his best friend? You’ll have to watch to find out.
This film has a great cast. As I mentioned Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake is the Napster founder, Sean Parker, and Andrew Garfield is Facebook co-founder, Edwardo Saverin. For anyone who is a computer geek, or a social networking feign, or even just interested in hearing an inspiring story that makes you feel like you could invent anything, this film is for you.
From a technical standpoint this film is brilliantly made. The camera angles really offer something to the film and the lighting is incredible. Everything is really starch and grey. It enhances the technical elements of the plot. Also, the film is dark and grainy in some scenes, which really adds depth to the film and creates the feeling that this story isn’t just one about a boy who hits it big. There is deception, lies, and elements of revenge.
This film really does have it all. I would recommend this to everyone.