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 mi...more
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... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. less
“This film will keep you engaged beyond the actual run time. An inspiration to those who need one, and an eye opener for all the 500 million facebook users out there! Do not miss this one!”
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These days facebook.com is one of the websites with the maximum number of hits. Recently in a study it was revealed that software engineers visited facebook.com more than google.com which is a complement in itself to the website. So a movie to be made on the facebook phenomenon was inevitable. But who would want to see a movie about how Marc Zuckerburg got the idea and developed facebook, right? This is where the creative skills of screenplay writer Aaron Sorkin come into play. He molds the perfect cast for Marc Zuckerburg's story woven around some fictional drama.
Marc Zuckerburg(Jesse Eisenberg) is the youngest billionaire today, but he was a nerd back in school. He hacks and codes software in his sleep. He lifts an idea from some of his fellow Harvard students about a social networking site that would be exclusive only to Harvard students. His best friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) invests some money and hence becomes the CFO of their 2 man company. When the Winklevoss brothers discover that Marc had stolen their idea they file a lawsuit against him but Marc argues that he has not stolen a line of code from them. As the facebook.com site grows Marc expands it to other universities and hence the company starts looking for a funding. Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) who was the brains behind Napster finds out about facebook and decides to dig his teeth into facebook.com. He blows Marc away with his geekiness. What follows is treachery and backstabbing towards kicking Eduardo out of the company and another lawsuit which is filed by Eduardo on his former best friend.
In an era of 3D movies being made left right and center, comes a movie that has a great story to offer. The soul of the movie is the story of the two best friends Marc and Eduardo. The lawsuits run parallely and are a tad confusing at first but plays out as one of the strengths of the movies screenplay. In the end when all is said and done you really do feel exactly what the tagline says "You cant get to 500 million friends without a few enemies". But for Marc he loses his one and only friend in Eduardo.
Jesse Eisenberg puts in a bravura performance as Marc Zuckerburg. At times I found some shades of SRK in his acting but that might just be me. Andrew Garfield packed in a punch to his role of Eduardo. He shows why he was the choice for the new SpiderMan. Justin Timberlake was plain ok.
Director David Fincher has some interesting projects next to his name. Fightclub, Seven and The curious case of Benjamin Button are few of them. He handles this topic with elan and this is definitely one of his best pieces of work, right up there with Fightclub. The direction is tight and grippy and the movie never loses steam.
Overall the movie was a very enjoyable outing for me and I would love to watch it again.
Rating: facebook fan? Definitely go watch it. A budding enterpreneur? This movie is for you. Hate watching geeky computer stuff? Wait for the DVD Date Movie? Opt for something else.