The Social Network

For most people, it would mean the movie on how Facebook came about in existence. It is essentially based on a book “The Accidental Billionaire” by Ben Mezrich.

Facebook is such a popular social networking site that one does not realize that it has risen from a person who suffered a heart break, due to lack of social acceptance by his peers Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). With no business sense and one best friend Eduardo Saverin(Andrew Garfield), starts a revolution online way back in 2004, from his dorm in Harvard. He causes some serious issues and points our security flaws on the IT backbone of Harvard while achieving this.

In addition, he also brings upon himself 2 lawsuits, which is the thread of the screenplay, with the events leading to it making up for the rest of the script. One lawsuit is from Eduardo, who cannot believe certain business moves that Mark has made without his consultation (since he is the CFO of Facebook) and with advice from Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), who has a slightly dubious history but experience in the mean, mean world.

The other lawsuit is from the Winklevoss twins, who accuse Mark of stealing their idea on the creation of Facebook, albeit by a different name (the Harvard Connection). They approach him for coding and making their idea go live, but Mark subtly avoids them. During the course of the lawsuit with them, Mark is totally ignorant on the implication of his actions due to his lack of people skills and in love with what he knows best, coding .

No fluff, just plain business on the script. Mark mixes business and personal equations smoothly that betrayal of friends or enemies is alike and totally unintentional, while trusting a total stranger seems acceptable. He does not know how to celebrate on achieving 1mn users since he does not seem comfortable with the idea. The Winklevoss twins try every trick in the book (Law and Harvard) to sue him, which in its moments lighten up the story, but only end up with an out of court settlement of $65mn.

What worked which is the core of the movie:
Breezy script
Crisp dialogues
Easy rendition of the book with right mix of facts
What didn’t work: Yet to find in this movie
My rating: 5/5 (this is one intelligent movie)


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