The Social Network

By:  Al Lim          

           Impeccably pieced together, The Social Network tracks the brainchild of the prodigious Mark Zuckerburg, the infamous creator of Facebook.  This socially awkward Harvard nerd would put together an intellectual behemoth in “facebook” and eventually develop a, no-the-social network.

            The film starts off with the intellectual torrent of Zuckerburg (Jesse Eisenberg) on a date, drinking a beer.  His condescending comments cause him to be rebuffed by soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara), and this starts off the series of events which causes facebook to be established.  It starts off as a site for guys to rank girls, which gives Zuckerburg a level of notoriety and allows him to be approached by the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence), members of one of the coveted “finals clubs,” who want him to create a Harvard dating site.  Without giving too much away, the development of facebook is hounded by the Winklevoss twins in a lawsuit who claim that the idea was stolen.

            This film has struck home.  The act of inception can be observed from the tiny little idea of facebook developing gradually buy surely.  No, it did not bend your mind, but it drowned you in an intellectual flood of abrupt conversations that would be interspersed with the deposition of two lawsuits, along with other snippets, disobeying the law of chronology.  This allows for the presentation of the big picture in a more cause-and-effect structure.  This film not only stimulates unlike any of the other crash-bang-boom summer flick, but involves the audience emotionally.  The personal connection established is not only connected the audience in sentiment to the characters, but it illustrates the humanistic acquisitions and vindictiveness that one would go through for prestige and money at the expense of their friends, accentuated by the cyber realm.

            Eisenberg portrays Zuckerburg to a conceptual perfection, distinguishing himself forever more from the Michael Cera stereotype.  The founder of facebook, a computer nerd being socially awkward but, nonetheless, smart, has conversations at record speeds in a sense of calculated aloofness.  Markedly, in these rants, he displays a sense of intellectual pompousness entailing an obligatory awe.  Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), the founder of Napster, provides a fine job as the intellectual equal, and at times, superior, of Zuckerburg.  Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), the next Spider-Man, plays Zuckerburg’s best friend and funds the entire project.  The stellar cast backs it up with an equally stellar performance that transcends the concept of chemistry to the recreation of reality.

            Not only does this movie achieve a sense of dramatic merit, but the story is not borrowed from some housewife’s fantasies and is also based on a true story though Fincher denies it to be a biopic.  The appeal does not only go out to those in for an intellectual thinking marathon, but the witty and comedic dialogue coupled with the creative screenplay and absorbing drama produces an extremely interesting film.  A true definition of this movie would be classified under ‘indie,’ an independent, original creation that is independent and salient in itself.  This is one of those films that makes you step back, and take a breath, as if you left a part of yourself buried inside of the film.

            The Social Network is truly one of a kind; David Fincher has done it again.


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