Synopsis: Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard student, has a unique idea for a website – a site where fellow students can rate the hotness of Harvard female students. The site quickly raises in popularity and nearly causes the university’s network to shut down. After the site’s instant success, Mark decides to try to raise the bar and creates a new site known as TheFacebook. With TheFacebook site, the popularity grows just like the first site but faster. However, Mark’s instant success is accompanied by legal turmoil.
We give the Social Network movie a 9 out of 10 ratings.
The previews do not do this movie justice. From speaking with a few people about the movie, it seems that many who haven’t gone to see it believe it to be a documentary account of how Facebook came into existence. Although the film does present much of the history of the website, it really is a movie. And it’s a good one.
The storyline of Social Network jumps back and forth between the “present-day” and the chronological order of events as Zuckerberg recounts the events leading up to the creation of Facebook and its rise in popularity during two separate legal depositions. I found this to be a bit confusing, but it allowed for some much needed comic relief from time to time as Zuckerberg’s character is extremely quick-witted.
Although I didn’t find the acting to be stellar, it was good enough to make me feel dissent towards the antagonists and empathy towards the protagonist without distracting me from the plot.
The most important part of the film and, arguably, the most important part of any film is the feeling you are left with when you leave the theater. Sometimes films make you feel like you can fly, others make you jump at anything that moves in your periphery, and others make you want to fall in love and live happily ever after. This movie made me want to invent something, to innovate, and to be ridiculously smart (and witty). Oh, and it made me want to be a billionaire. Seriously, go see this one.