Movie Review – The Social Network – Interesting & Entertaining

The Social Network Movie (2010)

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history.

This is a movie that I’ve been interested in since I heard the first whispers about it, Mark Zuckerberg is an interesting character and his achievement is phenomenal. The youngest self-made billionaire in history, this is certainly quite a claim.

Being a techy myself, and of course being interesting in social networks and so on this is a movie in my realm of knowledge and interest. Honestly I didn’t expect it to be very good, but once the reviews started coming in I was a little surprised. We were originally supposed to be watching it on November 1st – but it ended up being postponed by the distributor to November 22nd.

So I finally got to catch it this week, it’s doing phenomenally well on IMDB jumping into the Top 250 at #126 with a score of 8.3/10.

Jesse Eisenberg is simply superb as the slightly odd Mark Zuckerberg, you really get the feeling he’s like that – ubersmart, likes to write the code himself, rants, sarcastic, witty, arrogant and so on. I can believe it totally, because believe it or not I know people like that – some of the greatest coders/hackers I’ve ever met.

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network

Of course there are also people who think they are smart and act like that, but that just doesn’t cut it and usually doesn’t end well for them. Andrew Garfield was great as Eduardo Saverin, who I recently discovered in the rather intense movie Boy A. And of course JT, the one and only Justin Timberlake who was the douchebag coke head Sean Parker of Napster fame. He’s always been a good actor, much to the surprise of many – I knew it since I saw Alpha Dog – which is actually a good solid film.

Rooney Mara was ok as Erica Albright, but didn’t play much of a part in the movie – just to add drama I guess. And she has her name changed, apparently her real name is actually Jessica Alona – but as she’s never come forward it’s not been proven. But it’s according to the online diary Zuckerberg wrote and was used in the Facemash scenes of the movie.

The score by Trent Reznor (of NIN fame) was absolutely banging, gotta get a hold of that later on. Cinematography was good, as to be expected with Kevin Spacey as the producer and the gritty look from director David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac, Benjamin Button etc.)

As for how true the whole thing is? Well after all it is a movie, some things were changed to add drama + make the storyline more coherent. Most of the things happened in some form or another, but the timeline they were portrayed in the movie isn’t purely accurate. And as the story was fed to the original book author by Eduardo Saverin, it shows him in a better light – apparently he was a much bigger asshole in reality than shown in the movie.

If you’re really interested there’s a lot of stuff online about this, then the original book the movie was loosely based on (The Accidental Billionaires) and another supposedly more ‘accurate’ book called The Facebook Effect.

On another note I was somewhat ashamed that I understood every single thing Mark Zuckerberg was mumbling about in the movie (Apache indexes, PERL scripts, EMACS etc..), which just shows how truly geeky I really am. Well if it can make you a billionaire, I guess it’s not that.

But then again, I’m certainly no Mark Zuckerberg 🙂

All in all it’s a good movie, definitely worth a watch and I give it a facemashing 8.5/10.




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13 Responses to Movie Review – The Social Network – Interesting & Entertaining

  1. KY November 25, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    even after watching Alpha Dog, i’m still surprised at Justin Timberlake’s acting skill, triple thread – sing, dance, act.

    movie was better than I expected too.

  2. Pinky Tham November 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    it was a good movie 🙂 so excited to catch it. The part about ‘how true is the whole story?’ that is exactly my thoughts when I walked out. haha!

  3. Serge Norguard November 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    it’s good flick and i had a -moment- when they showed Livejournal. Something which i have use before.

  4. Wan Kidd November 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    No need to feel ashamed la. Should feel proud since my girlfriend and family members all were dumbfounded when Zuck mentions those computing terms.
    Geeks Rules!

  5. ShaolinTiger November 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Pinky Tham: Do some reading 😀 It’s a very interesting story.

    Serge Norguard: Heh oldskool.

    Wan Kidd: LOL yah I guess so. Geeks are in!

  6. Juan November 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Haven’t watch the movie yet but am planning to watch it this weekend 🙂

  7. 93T November 25, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    l33t h4x0r s0u1j4h FTW!

  8. ahsiang November 26, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    you don’t need to be technical to be billionaire! at least Steve don’t, because his engineer told him metal case would fail, but he didn’t buy it.
    anyway, zuckerberg keeps on rocking 😛

  9. Marvin November 26, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    This is one of my favourite movies now.
    I believe that you need to have a certain level of technical knowledge to pull off something like this, especially in the startup stages.
    Hiring part-time programmers may or may not work, but wouldn’t have a high chance of success, especially if you have zero knowledge what they are doing.
    CEO or others that aren’t technical can come later.
    And yeah, geeks FTW! 🙂

  10. The Monkey November 28, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    I read a couple of facebook books before and they are quite interesting. It’s very interesting to see how facebook became a company they are today. I’m still waiting for the movie to be released, it’s going to be the movie for my company’s movie night in Dec.

  11. Michelle November 29, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    i loved it!

  12. Jo December 1, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    I can’t wait to see this movie. Facebook is soo addictive and everyone has one. It has completely changed the way we communicate. There are people that are ashamed to be on MySpace who don’t mind having a Facebook. Amazing.

  13. Brandon December 2, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    I have heard so many good reviews about the social network its incredible. Some are even calling it the best movie of this year. I’m planning on seeing it within the next few days, then I can make up my own mind about it.

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