We Love… 2010: ‘The Social Network’.

We Love... 2011

Illustration by Adeline Pericart

We start 2010 by looking back at a few of our favourite films of 2010. Throughout January we’ll be adding to the list. As always, feel free to add your own favourites. If you’d like to include your own review, contact steven@filmbase.ie

The Social Network

Peter Larkin

Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth is $6.9 billion. At twenty-six, he is the world’s youngest billionaire. The Social Network was directed by David Fincher (the visual master of Se7en and Fight Club) Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night, The West Wing) wrote the screenplay which displays excellent characterisation and sharp witty dialogue. It was adapted from the non-fiction book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. In 2003 Zuckerberg was a Harvard student, his girlfriend breaks up with him. He retaliates by creating a website called ‘FaceMash’ where male students can chose which of two female students are more attractive. Zuckerberg hacks into the Harvard computer system to find the info to publish the females’ details. As a result of this, Zuckerberg is punished with six months of academic probation.

The popularity of site brings Zuckerberg to the attention of twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and their business partner Divya Narendra, who propose that he work for them to programme their social networking site HarvardConnection (now known as ConnectU). Soon after, along with his best friend Eduardo Sauverin and roommates Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes create Thefacebook, which at the time was only going to available to Harvard students. Sauverin and Zuckerberg have a meeting with Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who suggests that they change the name to facebook.

The story is told in flashback between two separate lawsuits between Zuckerberg and Sauverin and Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins. Mark Zuckerberg’s reaction to the film was, ‘I liked the parts that were true’. Jesse Eisenberg’s characterisation of Zuckerberg is nothing short of genius;  every mannerism is perfectly executed and timed. It is so ironic that Zuckerberg as unsociable as he is portrayed created the worldwide phenomenon that is facebook. It does not matter that these characters are so unlikable, they draw us in and they compel us the two hours that they are on the screen.

The last  shot of the film is my personal favourite because before that shot The Social Network is just a story. It shows us what technology can do to those who are addicted to it and uninterested in anything else.


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