The Social Network

You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies
You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies
D: David Fincher
Columbia/Relativity Media/Trigger Street (Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca & Ceán Chaffin)
US 2010
115 mins


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 Ross
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 (Amelia Ritter)

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?

The Social Network
The Social Network