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The Social Network (2010)

Written By Awir Aditya on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 10:18 AM


Genre: Biography/Drama/History

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield

The Facebook movie was a movie that 500 million people were anticipating. Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) the worlds youngest billionaire who created Facebook, did not have an easy life as most people imagined. After breaking up with his girlfriend one night, and half drunk, Mark hacked into the Harvard servers sitting in his dorm room and created a website which would allow students to rate which of the two girls they think is more hot. The website became a rage, the Harvard servers crashed and Mark faced disciplinary action. The twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Hammer) along with their friend Divya Narendra (Minghella) told Mark about their idea of creating a social networking website exclusively for the Harvard network. Mark stole their idea and created thefacebook.com. He got financial assistance from his rich friend Eduardo (Garfield) who become company CFO and together they got thefacebook.com to become a campus success. Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and Plaxo, became interested in Mark's concept and started unofficially advising Facebook, much to the ire of Eduardo. Mark started making too many enemies and before he knew it, Eduardo Saverin and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss were suing Mark Zuckerberg. Jesse Eisenberg seemed to the most appropriate person to play Zuckerberg's role, primarily due to his physical presence. Zuckerberg has mostly been portrayed as a human robot, emotionless, ruthless and highly focused. The only downside of the movie was the very abrupt ending. Most of the movie focused on the lawsuits that Zuckerberg faced and the rest of the story get narrated via the hearings. Perhaps if the movie had a more management angle to it, talking about hurdles and the slow and steady development of Facebook, the movie might have been better. But then again, this idea might be biased due to my association with business management. A highly motivating movie and a must-watch.

Thumbs up: Jesse Eisenberg
Thumbs down: Abrupt end

Rating: 8.0/10
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