Anooj Patel – Staff Writer
From the director of Fight Club, David Fincher, comes The Social Network. The movie tells its own story of how Facebook was created. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), a Harvard undergrad student, and his best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) launch Facebook, a social networking website.. The film purposely portrays Zuckerberg in a negative light in order to develop plot. Mark is motivated by the prospect of gaining membership into a final club at Harvard and by desire for girls. Mark, the arduous computer programmer, codes for his own web server using Harvard resources. His initial creation is facesmash.com but Harvard soon closes it down. Then he decides to create Facebook with Eduardo’s help. The new website is a hit and continues to gain popularity throughout the college. The wildfire soon spreads over to other Ivy League schools and then to other continents. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss (Armie Hammer) threaten to sue Mark for stealing their idea. Mark hasn’t stolen any codes for his new website, but he was approached by the twins before starting his website and he agreed to help them develop HarvardConnection.com. Mark meets up with Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), founder of Napster, and begins chasing his soon to be billion dollar website. Feeling left behind, Eduardo, decides to freeze the company’s bank accounts, temporarily shutting down facebook.com. This is the start of a tumultuous battle between two best friends that ultimately leads to Eduardo suing Mark for $600 million.
The movie uses a very complex fractured time line to illustrate the story. The movie constantly switches between the present, where Mark is dealing with the lawyers of Winkelveoss and Eduardo. The story continues to unfold as different people share their experiences on what happened. The fractured time line was an excellent choice and makes the viewers all the more engaged. What I enjoyed the most was watching how the film shows the growth of facebook.com. The viewers get to see this small simple creation blow up into something global. The Social Network is definitely worth a watch!