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Movie Review: The Social Network

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The Social Network, directed by David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) from an Oscar winning script by Aaron Sorkin (TV’s The West Wing, Charlie Wilson’s War, A Few Good Men) is a beautifully crafted film about one man’s rise to fortune and the friendships he destroyed to achieve it. 

The film starts in 2003 with Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and his then-girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) out at bar discussing his desire to be a part of an exclusive club. Erica soon gets fed up and breaks it off with Mark. Afterwards, Mark heads back to his dorm room, grabs a drink, gets on his computer and insults Erica through his blog. He then proceeds to create a website, while simultaneously blogging about it, that rates women by their looks.

The film fast forwards to the present, and depositions taken from Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss (both played by Armie Hammer with the aid of Josh Pence and CGI), and Zuckerberg’s former best friend and business partner Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), who are suing Zuckerberg. The depositions provide the film with its storyteling structure, chronicling the events leading up to the law suits.

The acting in the film is top notch; everyone brought their A-game to this one, and it shows in every scene. Eisenberg (Zombieland) in an Oscar-nominated role, in his best performance to date, plays Zuckerberg as an arrogant man who can’t seem to form a lasting relationship with anyone and wants nothing more than to be considered a member of the elite.

Garfield (Boy A and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man) also does a great job as the jilted best friend, who thought he and Mark had a good thing going. One of his best scenes involves him confronting Zuckerberg and promising to come after him with everything he’s got.

Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog) shows up as the wise-cracking, paranoid and Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who manages to weasel himself into Zuckerberg’s inner circle and push Saverin out. Hammer, essentially doing double duty is excellent as the Winklevoss twins, the top athletes on the Harvard Crew team, who claim that Zuckerberg stole their social networking idea.

Complementing this finely acted story, is the Oscar winning musical score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, which is unlike any you’ve heard and goes along perfectly with the somber mood of the film.

The Social Network is a masterful movie and a true collaborative effort that is sure to captivate you from beginning to end.

(NOTE: In addition, to the Oscar wins for the script and musical score, The Social Network received an Oscar for Best Achievement in Editing.)

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