Let's get the introduction out of the way. The Social Network is the film about Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, set in the middle of two lawsuits, flashing back to the creation and proliferation of the decade-defining website. The film is based on a book, “The Accidental Billionaires”by Ben Mezrich (2009, nonfiction), scripted by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men), directed by David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) and stars Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Adventureland).
Aside from it being a BRILLIANT film and a clear contender for the Oscar for Best Film, it depicts, however inaccurately, the conceptualization of the website you've probably got going in another tab right now. It portrays Mark Zuckerberg as a hardworking coding genius (which in all likelihood, he is) as well as a giant douche (which is why he's understandably against the film). He even says that he wishes a movie about him had not been made while he's still alive. Sorkin admits that the turn of events in the film is highly fictionalized, and the script bravely sacrifices truth for a good story. However, Zuckerberg's personal philosophy of openness of information clearly comes out.
Without giving away too much, let's just say that Facebook was conceptualized because of one drunken night, where Zuckerberg hacked away at Harvard University's protected networks to create Facemash, a 'girl-rating' website. He immediately gets a reputation of being a brazen genius and is approached to create an 'exclusive MySpace'.
Publish date: November 10, 2010 4:43 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:53 pm
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