The Social Network was one of the most anticipated movies of 2010. Part boardroom drama, part conspiracy thriller, the story is adapt from Ben Mezrich’s non-fiction The American Billionaires. The movie tells the story of the formation of Facebook whose founder Mark Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg. He is borderline sociopath who never smiles nor raises his voice.
He is driven to create his own masterpiece after having been dumped during the opening scene of the movie. To skeptics of Facebook, it was the website that was not Friendster and just a bit more than Bebo for adults.
Zuckerberg first devises the code for a site which is called FaceMash which invites users to rate the photographs of female students from around his campus. The app is a success and so much so that it ends up crashing the University’s servers and attracts the attention of the Winklevoss Twins who are a pair of strapping, blue blooded rowers that have been developing a site called the Harvard Connection.
Ultimately the twins try to sue Zuckerberg and so does his pal Eduardo Saverin who put up money for a fledging company and later labours tirelessly in order to gain advertising revenue. He parts ways with Zuckerberg for being reluctant to move with expanding Facebook to Palo Alto in California. The social network is a exhaustingly talky affair which brims with one liners and exchanges which often lean towards the stagey.
The movie begins as it ends with Zuckerberg looking unreadable. He sits in a Harvard bar, drinking beer and struggling to make eye contact with his girlfriend Erica. Erica who is played by Rooney Mara is a pretty girl and appears to be a catch for a nerdy guy such as him. They squabble about his obsession with Ivy League private clubs, so much so that she says that she will leave him.