Monday, 28 September 2020
The Social Network
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 04 October 2010 00:00

The Social NetworkIt says a lot about the relevance of The Social Network as a film that the first thing I did when I arrived home after seeing it was jump on Facebook and post a status update. It’s a bit of a paradox, but if you are on Facebook you will totally *Like* The Social Network.

Facebook has quickly become such an overwhelming part of our lives that it has changed the face of marketing, journaling and even the entire meaning of the word “friend”. Apparently I have 192 “friends” – and I’m selective! If you ask how many of these people I actually see or talk to the number would be significantly less. So why is it we let so many people have a peep into our lives? Well, the answers don’t lie in this movie – but it sure is an entertaining ride!

Garfield and EisenbergThe Social Network is a fictionalized telling of how notorious hacker Mark Zuckerberg (Jessie Eisenberg) invented the online community that changed the face of the internet. Though just how fictionalized we’ll never know since Mark says it’s almost entirely false, but filmmakers claim it’s based on the actual court testimony. Either way it makes for one hell of a good movie.

Everything about this film is top-notch including a sharp script that never talks down to its viewers, and great actors to bring these complex characters to life. Jessie Eisenberg (Adventureland) in particular does a flawless job of portraying Zuckerberg – highly intelligent, socially awkward and perhaps a little lonely. I can’t attest to how accurate this is to the real guy, but he creates a compelling character.

Eisenberg as ZuckerbergThe rest of the cast is rounded out by Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Savarin, Mark’s former best friend and business partner who is forced to sue over his share of Facebook. Justin Timberlake puts in a great performance as well as Napster creator Sean Parker who introduces Mark to the temptations of California’s Silicon Valley.

I’m betting this movie is Oscar Bound, so if you are a “Friend” of good films go check it out… then maybe you can “Facebook me” and tell me what you thought!


Directed by David Fincher, Starring Jessie Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield.

The Winkelvoss twins were played by one actor, using a body double and adding his face to the scenes digitally.