Movie Review: The Social Network

by Nick Cognata


A surprising 2010 box office hit.

When you combine talented individuals like director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and actors Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, Zombieland), Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog, SNL), and Andrew Garfield (Lions For Lambs, Never Let Me Go), you get something special.  You get The Social Network.

The Social Network is a cinematic masterpiece that tells the interesting and true tale of the creation of Facebook, a program that at least 500 million people in the world are familiar with. Many  moviegoers would not expect it, but in a span of two hours, the film manages to develop and evoke emotions such as jealousy, disloyalty, greed and sorrow.

In 2003, Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) was a student at Harvard who was, to put it simply, a computer science genius. When two brothers at the university come to Mark ask him to create  a social network exclusive to Harvard, Mark takes their vision and expands it, turning it into something that would change social networking forever: Facebook.  However, with success also comes disappointment and despair, and Mark is no individual immune from either.

The Social Network has had success with $74 million in box office revenue worldwide.   Its directing, acting, and writing has earned most of its success.  Fincher utilizes his typical slick, quick cutting style throughout the film, bringing the audience close to the action and emotion of the characters.  Eisenberg, Garfield, and Timberlake nail their unique, interesting roles, offering realistic portrayals of those involved.  Lastly, the writing is superb, offering an interesting combination of suspense of action.

In fact, don’t be surprised if The Social Network is nominated somewhere down the line.  The Oscars, Golden Globes, and/or film festivals are not out of the question, as it floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee around its opponents.

I urge you to check out this movie when it is released on video!



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