The Social Network (2010) – Film Review

Social Network

Director: David Fincher
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake
Certificate: 12

by Matt Callard

The Social Network might have been, in the wrong hands, a terrible movie. Why? Because it centres on that modern kiss of death for successful cinema – computing.

It also features lots of verbose scenes set in boardrooms and college dorms. But in the dream team hands of writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and Director David Fincher (Fight Club, Benjamin Button) the film just might come to be remembered as definitive for the difficult millennium generation.

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“Some precise and exhilarating storytelling”

The Social Network is ostensibly about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the nervous plotting, pitfalls and paranoia that surrounded his route to billionaire-dom.

The entrepreneur becomes, through some precise and exhilarating storytelling, both a metaphor and a lens through which to understand contemporary culture.

Who would ever have thought that watching people sitting in front of a computer could be so riveting?


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