THE SOCIAL NETWORK
- Popped: 5
- Website: http://www.thesocialnetwork-movie.com/
- Rated: PG-13
Imagine being a billionaire six times over at the young age of twenty six. Talk about a dilemma Mark Zuckerberg is facing when former friends become enemies and greed takes over. In “The Social Network” its 2003 and Mark (Jesse Eisenberg) has just been dumped by his girlfriend. It is very apparent that Mark is not your average student, due in fact to his “code” speaking and his OCD tendencies. This is not why his girlfriend dumps him; the reason is simple as she labels him an asshole. Following his heartbreaking split he returns home and begins to rant about his ex on his blog and after a few too many drinks goes on to create a site similar to Hot or Not, but using photos of various Harvard female students. Setting the site up in an hour and hacking into various Harvard sites to gain access to the photos. The site becomes an immediate success that causes Harvard’s servers to crash after 22,000 hits in one hour.
For us bloggers 22,000 hits in an hour is unheard of. Mark’s successful hacking and programming skills catches the attention of fellow Harvard students Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra. They approach Mark with the idea of a social network for just Harvard students. They planned on using the site in an attempt to hook up with girls. Mark finds the idea interesting, but in turn comes up with something bigger and better. A social network known as thefacebook, a site where you could keep people up to date on your life and what you are doing, your relationship status and upload photos of yourself and friends. Thefacebook began only as a Harvard social network, but following some advisement from entrepreneur Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), former co-founder of Napster, they spread Facebook (dropping ‘the’) to Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia, New York University, Cornell, Brown and Yale, and then to other schools with social contacts with Harvard.
Once the Winklevoss brothers and Narendra get wind of the Facebook site and success it is having they decide it is time to sue Zuckerberg. They accuse Zuckerberg of intentionally making them believe he would help them build a social network called HarvardConnection, while working on Facebook the entire time. Meanwhile Facebook receives a $500K investment from Peter Thiel (co-founder of PayPal), after which they open their own offices in California. California only causes more drama as Zuckerberg betrays his long time friend and co-founder of Facebook Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) after he unknowingly signs a share agreement that drops his shares in Facebook from 34% down to .03%, opening up another law suit against Zuckerberg. Eventually these suits would reach settlements totaling amounts that I would only dream of seeing.
“The Social Network” speaks in many codes, but the clearest one being greed. Taking you behind the scenes of the backstabbing and betrayal that will happen as a multibillion dollar company is created. Being a user of Facebook it was amazing to see how a simple idea was brought to life and turned into an astounding social experience enjoyed by myself, my parents, your children and pretty much anyone you know. “Facebook Me”…who would have thought that would be a common phrase. Now getting back to the film “The Social Network”, Zuckerberg is portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg, turning out to be his greatest work. Eisenberg has the perfected mixture of charisma and witty remarks with the right tone to make you love and hate his character at the same time.
Zuckerberg is painted in an unflattering light, but the allegations are mainly made by his former friend Eduardo Saverin in the 2009 book “The Accidental Billionaires” written by Ben Mezrich. Justin Timberlake takes another shot at acting and as before is enjoyable. “The Social Network” is addictive and clearly the best film this year. I had more fun watching “The Social Network” than I do snooping Facebook. Post a comment, tag your friends, like this post but get out and see this film!