Columbia/Relativity Media/Trigger Street (Scott Rudin,
Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca & Ceán Chaffin)
W: Aaron Sorkin [based on the book "The
Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich]
DP: Jeff Cronenweth
Ed: Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter
Mus: Trent Reznor & Atticus
PD: Donald Graham Burt
Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg), Andrew
Garfield (Eduardo Saverin), Justin Timberlake (Sean Parker), Armie Hammer (Tyler Winklevoss/Cameron Winklevoss), Max Minghella (Divya Narendra), Rooney Mara (Erica Albright), Dakota Johnson
A biopic not so much about a person, but about a product
and it's subsequently gargantuan success.
Facebook, the global website, has become a huge business
and social networking tool since its inception in the early 21st century, but the creative programmer behind it, Mark Zuckerberg, didn't originally conceive it to be used in this way. This
isn't what the film is about however, taking a courtroom drama stance on the way the company was created, with accusations of plaigarism abound by a rival pair of brothers who claim
Zuckerberg stole their idea.
The ensemble cast are all generally good, especially
Andrew Garfield as a Harvard student whose programming knowledge and business nous was (allegedly) also heavily exploited whilst schmoozing outsiders walked in and absorbed all his company
shares underneath his nose. The real star however is the snappy, quirky and acerbic dialogue in Aaron Sorkin's screenplay. The general moral is also quite apt, seemingly that you need to be
an obnoxious douchebag to become a billionaire, but at what price?