Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Social Network

The Social Network, The Movie

Go see this movie. Forget the hype, just go. Forget that there are no “stars” in the film, that there is no typical Hollywood action. That’s a good thing. This movie rocks.

Even if you’re tired of hearing about Twitter and Facebook, and you generally steer clear of privacy-compromising internet inventions or ideas, you’ll want to have seen this movie. From the first few moments, as the story opens in a dorm room at Harvard in 2004, you will be gripped by the story. The story of a 20-year-old kid who had an "online sharing" idea that within 6 years over 500 MILLION people use around the globe.

Mark Zuckerberg is simultaneously our hero and our antagonist. If the character in the film even somewhat faithfully portrays the real man, this guy is much more than smart and interesting. He is downright scary how brilliant and quick his mind is. The screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, of West Wing and A Few Good Men fame, does a fantastic job of keeping the dialogue crackling and sharp, and I had to laugh out loud as Zuckerberg surgically taunts the attorneys in the arbitration scene.

The film is witty and sharp throughout, from the dialogue to the camera direction, to the sets, to the editing. The director, David Fincher, shows us his prowess as director of stylish thrillers, translated into an even more mesmerizing reality. And, as important, you will learn a lot about what is going on in our world right now, that is changing everything, forever.

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