The Social Network (2010)
Directed by David Fincher
In the opening scene, we learn that Mark Zuckerberg is, to put it simply, an “a*****e” according to his ex-girlfriend, Erica Albright (Rooney Mara). Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), a sophomore at Harvard, has spent the past few minutes in an intense rant over getting into one of the exclusive clubs, like the Phoenix. If you can barely stand the cold, calculating portrayl of Zuckerberg’s character, try imagining being in a relationship with the guy. WOW. Shortly after their breakup at The Thirst Scholar Pub, Zuckerberg rushes to his dorm and blogs about Erica in the meanest way. At the same time, he goes about hacking into the Harvard system to create facemash, a website that compares Harvard girls on their hotness.
As we all know, Zuckerberg did not stop upsetting people there. More casualties include the Winklevoss brothers, Tyler and Cameron, and their friend Diya Narendra, the ones who supposedly gave Zuckerberg the idea of a social network based off of The Harvard Connection. And Eduardo Severin, Zuckerberg’s best friend who came up with the algorithm for the webpage to develop Facemash in the first place, as well as the financial backer of Facebook.
The movie bounces back and forth between the past and present, the lawsuits pressed by the Winklevosses and Severin, the parties, and the crucial moments that changed Facebook. It keeps the audience engaged in the fast-paced growth of the company and the emotion of those individuals involved–pleased, then betrayed, then thirsty for revenge. This cycle moves in a circular motion throughout.
Anyone born from the 80s to my generation is plugged into the cyberworld– myspace, twitter, youtube, hulu, and most important of all, Facebook. Websites that have us interact with out peers anytime, anywhere, has changed the face of how we communicate with each other. We see their faces over a computer screen, not in person. We read words on out cellphones, but we don’t hear their voices. We have become closer, yet more distant. The Social Network gives a great exposure to what went on to develop the internet and the college experience as we know it to be.