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    November 21, 2010

    MOVIE REVIEW: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

    THE SOCIAL NETWORK (English/18)
    Genre: Drama/Biography
    Release Date: 2 December 2010
    Distributor: Sony Pictures
    Running Time: 121 minutes
    Directors: David Fincher
    Producers: David Fincher, Scott Rudin. Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Cean Chaffin
    Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay) based on book by Ben Mezrich
    Casts: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara
    Plot: 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. From director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin comes The Social Network, a film that proves you don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Cean Chaffin and based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich.

    THE VERDICT


    While it would be easier to read on the whole story surrounding the foundation of Facebook as one of the largest and most prominent social networking website in the world through Wikipedia or the source which this movie adapts from, the other simpler way is by watching this movie for 2 hours. By the end of the 2 hours, you ask yourself could this be the movie event of the year? Or you may ask yourself how much you are now got yourself into comprehending why people are got addicted to Facebook. Whatever the outcome results are, there is absolutely no chance that you will feel disatisfied and this movie been unworthy. After all, did I mentioned it as one of the best movie of the year? Read on to know why.


    The Social Network depicts the earliest days of the foundation of Facebook. One fine night in 2003, Mark Zuckerberg has the idea of creating a website to rate the attractiveness of female Harvard undergraduates falling a fallout with his girlfriend Erica Albright. The site creates massive traffic and ultimately the servers of Harvard crashed. This ultimately sent Zuckerberg into stardom for his talent while becomes vilified among the female community. The idea caught the attention of the Winklevoss brothers and their business partner Divya Narendra, which enlisted his help to build a website for them. Soon, Zuckerberg approached his friend Eduardo Saverin and tell him about his plan to build a social networking website exclusive to Harvard students. After the site was launched, Facebook became a subject of controversial, attracting lawsuits form the Winklevoss Brothers and Narendra. Further fallout with best friend Saverin also causing the similar headache for Zuckerberg.

    When a film is in the hand of David Fincher, the outcomes are usually outstanding. The Social Network tapped down a beautifully created movie with a rare quality that not only been a smart and brilliant talkative movie, but expanding the zone to include cockiness and cold-pleasure into the most watchable way. The Social Network discusses issues like sex, greed and obsession. This is not a movie for people who is expecting an action or horror drama, and could be very wrong if you have the intentions prior watching it. The movie presented audience to chuck out a brilliant script where characters are basically exchanging dialogues by uttering the most impossible, ridiculous, hilarious and even the most absurd one in a true attention-getting fashion. This indirectly makes The Social Network a gripping drama with fascinating story line and plots audible.



    The dramatization of the Facebook foundation may seems a little too dramatic from the real event, according to the real founder himself. How can you not blame it? The reason is simple. Writer Aaon Sorkin wants to provide a compelling story about the story rather than factual one. The Social Network borrows the elements from the real life event, adding in some slashes of alteration until surprising many; not an overly serious movie about people making lawsuits on others. It is a flawless screenplay and it is easy to relate it on how the impact has made the movie so plausible, comprehensive and unorthodoxly enjoyable.

    The Social Network works because it employs the truth in revealing human nature in tackling about relationship and the whole social experience. It is not a guilty-pleasure film or been too geeky to deal on humanity; simply to say - The Social Network doesn't need you to understand the detailed technical jargons, but requires your commitment to apprehend that what ever they do, they blow your mind on what the end result they want. The other interesting notes here to point out is indeed the acting performance. Jesse Eisenberg owns the movie by marking an astonishing performance as Mark Zuckerberg. The equal stunning jobs are also done by the second tier acts of Andrew Garfield (who handsomely deals the role of Eduardo) and surprisingly Justin Timberlake (who played Napster's Sean Parker).



    In the end, The Social Network is an excellent movie that has flawless script and beautifully directed movie, while consistently stunning and visually effective to deliver a strong and compelling story. It is never been difficult to pin- point the effectiveness in the partnership of director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin. It is indeed the movie of the year! No doubt!

    THE RATING
    Story - 4.5 stars
    Casts - 5.0 stars
    Cinematography - 5.0 stars
    Effects - 5.0 stars
    OVERALL - 5.0 stars
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 19.2

    THE SOCIAL NETWORK will be networking cinemas nationwide beginning 2 December 2010.

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