The Social Network – When Inventions Make Friends Enemies


The Social Network

Today everyone is on Facebook. Teens, adults and young adults love the social network that enables

them to stay connected with near and distant friends, as well as see what happens around them.
But how did it all start? This is what The Social Network is all about; it explores the moment at which
Facebook was invented. The story goes as follows; it takes place in 2003, on a fall night, where Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer with his close friend Eduardo Saverin and begins working on a new idea. The blogging and programming soon becomes something global and a new revolution in communication. After six years Mark Zuckerberg becomes the youngest billionaire in history.

Brilliant Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg and Saverin, once Zuckerberg’s close friend, who
provided the seed money for the fledgling company is played by Andrew Garfield. Other characters
include Napster founder Sean Parker played by Justin Timberlake who brought Facebook to Silicon
Valley’s venture capitalists; and the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence), the Harvard
classmates who asserted that Zuckerberg stole their idea and then sued him for ownership of it.

The movie promises to follow each character own narrative and own version of the Facebook story.
The movie will not only focus on how Facebook was invented but also on the personal life of each of
the characters. For instance, we will see the friendship between Mark and Eduardo and how Eduardo
agrees to help Mark, providing a thousand dollars to help start the site. And how a previous site
called “FaceMash” where male students choose which of two girls is more attractive, made one night
while drunk has probably generated the whole Facebook idea.

The first theatrical poster was released on June 18, 2010 and the film’s first teaser trailer was released
on June 25, 2010.The second teaser was released on July 8, while the full length theatrical trailer
debuted on July 15, 2010, which plays an edited version of the song “Creep”, originally by Radiohead,
covered by the Belgian choir group Scala & Kolacny Brothers.

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz called the film a “dramatization of history … it is interesting
to see my past rewritten in a way that emphasizes things that didn’t matter,” he said. According to
Moskovitz, “A lot of exciting things happened in 2004, but mostly we just worked a lot and stressed
out about things; the version in the trailer seems a lot more exciting, so I’m just going to choose to
remember that we drank ourselves silly and had a lot of sex with coeds…. The plot of the book/script
unabashedly attacked [Zuckerberg], but I actually felt like a lot of his positive qualities come out
truthfully in the trailer (soundtrack aside). At the end of the day, they cannot help but portray him as the
driven, forward-thinking genius that he is.

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said she had said about the movie to be “very
Hollywood” and mainly “fiction”. “In real life, he (Mark Zuckerberg) was just sitting around with his
friends in front of his computer, ordering pizza,” she declared. “Who wants to go see that for two
hours?”

Still the movie was received with critical acclaim. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 97% of critics have
given the film a positive review based on 191 reviews, with an average score of 9.1/10 and a critical
consensus of: “Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social
Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.”

Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, giving it four stars wrote: “David Fincher’s film has the
rare quality of being not only as smart as its brilliant hero, but in the same way. It is cocksure, impatient,
cold, exciting and instinctively perceptive.”

So be prepared, the entire story behind the social network that we can’t live without will be revealed!

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