Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in 2004 at Harvard during his sophomore year. He now has over 500 million friends worldwide. You don't make so many friends without making a few enemies along the way.
David Fincher has always been a diverse filmmaker, directing everything from Alien 3 and Se7en to Fight Club and Zodiac. But even for Fincher the idea of making a movie about the founding of Facebook, what is at the end of the day just a website, seemed a bit of a stretch.
But as it turns out in the hands of Fincher, as well as screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing), the story of how Facebook was created is a compelling one, filled with real drama and depth that most audiences probably weren't prepared for.
Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, the film tells the story of the creation of Facebook and the people behind it, namely Mark Zuckerberg (Jessie Eisenberg), Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). The film flips back and forth between chronicling the origins of the website and the two lawsuits Zuckerberg found him in against his best friend Eduardo and three other Harvard University students who feel he stole the idea for Facebook from them.
What easily could have been a boring and uninteresting story for anyone not into computers, Fincher, Sorkin and the stellar cast make this a fascinating story. The decision to frame the film as jumping back and forth between the origins of the site and the ensuing lawsuits years later was a risky one but it gives the film a sort of energy that's only bested by the unbelievably well written dialogue. Sorkin's script is punchy, attention-grabbing and compelling in a way that's just not seen in movies these days. Whether the characters are arguing about personal relationships (such as a highlight opening a scene involving a fight between Mark and his girlfriend, played by Rooney Mara) or spouting computer coding jargon that the average Joe normally wouldn't (want to) understand, what is being said is always gripping.
What helps give the film the speedy pace that it has (the 2 hours just whizz along) is the score. Composed by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, as well as composer Atticus Ross, the score has an addictive, sometimes almost eerie quality that gets under your skin and helps to carry you through the film. It also works just as well as a soundtrack on its own out with the film as it does within the film itself.
As with any film based on a true story, questions are going to be raised about just how much shown in the film is 100% the truth. Of course it's not going to be as life is never as exciting as it is in the movies. This is a dramatization of real life events not an exact replica of it, otherwise it would just be a documentary (although that's not to say all documentaries necessarily tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth!). What matters isn't how truthful the film is to what really happened (something tells me the real life people aren't half as interesting as the way they're portrayed here) but rather that the story is told in a compelling and engaging way and that's most definitely the case with The Social Network.
The amount of buzz and praise surrounding The Social Network may lead you to think that this is another overrated Oscar-bait film. But that is far from the case - this really is as good as its reputation suggests, telling what might have been a, frankly, boring story in the best of ways in pretty much all facets possible. Another top notch film from Fincher, one of today's greatest directors.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play David Fincher&39;s The Social Network is the stunning tale of a new breed of cultural insurgent a punk genius who sparked a revolution and changed the face of human interaction for a generation and perhaps forever Shot through with emotional brutality and unexpected humour this superbly crafted film chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles over ownership that followed upon the website&39;s unfathomable success With a complex incisive screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and a brilliant cast including Jesse Eisenberg Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake The Social Network bears witness to the birth of an idea that rewove the fabric of society even as it unravelled the friendship of its creators Audio Commentary with Director David FincherAudio Commentary with Writer Aaron Sorkin Jesse Eisenberg Andrew Garfield Justin Timberlake Armie Hammer and Josh PenceHow Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook? - Four-Part Feature-Length Documentary on the Making of the Film from the Script to the Screenplay to Casting to ProductionEditors Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter and Sound Designer Ren Klyce Discuss Editing the FilmDavid Fincher Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Discuss the Process of Creating the ScoreDavid Fincher and DP Jeff Cornenweth Discuss Creating the Look for the FilmSwarmatron - Atticus Rose Explains the Swarmatron Sound Machine Used to Create Parts of the ScoreIn the Hall of the Mountain King Music Exploration - Multi-Angle Music Exploration which Allows Viewers to Watch the Same Scene Four Different Ways with Different Layers of MusicRuby Skye VIP Room Multi-Angle Scene BreakdownActors Justin Timberlake Jesse Eisenberg Rashida Jones Malese Jow Andrew Garfield Brenda Song Joseph Mazzello Rooney Mara & Marcella Lentz-PopeDirector David FincherCertificate 12 years and overYear 2010Screen WidescreenLanguages English - Dolby Digital (51)