The verdict is out on whether or not too much fantasy and fiction has been blended with the real tableau of the youngest billionaire on earth. Did the screenplay, director David Fincher, and well-cast actors get it right? We know that the extreme womanizing is fiction, but not Mark's involvement with Sean Parker (played brilliantly by Justin Timberlake), the co-founder of Napster (so dubbed because of his curly hair). He finds, according to the film, Mark on Facebook so that he can objectify his brilliant book, the Facebook. And in one cool scene he quips to Mark to "drop the 'the'--it’s cleaner."
That which is nonfiction, in this film, the pitting of two lone Jews against twin rich WASP Harvard crew members is set in stark black and white terms all the way to England. There is no grey zone in stealing the Facebook formula from the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler (Arnie Hammer in dual roles). Mark's stealing however does not end with them.
He just can't control himself and his strong passionate will goes beyond the pale when he throws Eduardo under the bus while he is busy beating the bushes in New York City for advertisers. While on the West coast Mark and Sean are drumming up investors to launch the offices of Facebook in Palo Alto country. Living on the posh Camino Real exit Mark cooks up the Facebook in its final form by adding the wall, reincorporating, setting stock percent shares, dropping “the” and hawking ads on a Website that will bring him billions.
Like unfettered faces of cute babies you don’t want to miss, so too the hacking, evasive, boy-genius Mark is a sight to behold. Einsenberg’s Mark lights up the screen with a very dark brooding image. He speaks a distinct monotone and aims his deadpan delivery of scorching, sarcastic lines to everyone he encounters. He works hard to make people hate him. And they do. Like most smart people he and those around him talk at light speed, every word a strike and the repartee bordering on brilliant at times from these accidental billionaires. So be careful you don’t accidentally miss this film. It will make you smarter. Run time 121 minutes, rated R for sex, drug use, language.