The Social Network (2010)

The Facebook Movie!

A wise man once said that the path to success is never easy, and seldom few ever imagine that a single idea could ever escalate to becoming a global phenomenon. What was originally intended to be a Harvard University social network for various college students to keep in touch with their friends online, soon escalated into something bigger than even it's creator ever could have hoped for. Currently, Facebook is the largest online network today, as it continues to overshadow it's competitors like Myspace, Friendster, and others. Indeed, when it comes to innovation of what a social network potentially could be, there's little doubt that Facebook is the definitive leader. However, who is the man behind arguably this generation's greatest innovation?

For that matter, what kind of man is he? Is he an honest man? A smart man that suddenly came up with a great idea that revolutionized the way social networking is handled today? Or is he just some Harvard schmuck that got lucky? Perhaps, we'll never know for sure, but "The Social Network" chronicles the life such a controversial figure. As the movie is quick to point out in it's promos, "You don't get to five hundred million friends, without making a few enemies."

Based off the life of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), a Harvard student struggling to fit in. At the beginning of the film, he gets dumped by his girl friend over some harsh insinuations over her character, due to a misunderstanding. This later prompts Mark to not only blog about her on the internet site he creates called "Facemash", he does so by hacking into Harvard's main data base and hijacking their system through the internet. From there, he steals and collects data on every student without consent, and posts his blog on the web. He even goes as far as to compare women to animals, as guys are shown various photos of different Harvard college girls, and they pick who is the hottest out of all the girls they see. Needless to say, this not only gets Mark into a lot of trouble with the heads of Harvard University, it also gets a lot of attention from a lot of other people as well.

One of the main fraternities, at Harvard, particularly notices this, as they approach Mark Zuckerberg with an idea of creating a online social network; exclusively for Harvard students. Although Mark said he'd think about helping them with their proposal, this prompts him to wonder how he could possibly create a better social network that vastly exceeds over what's been done before on Myspace, Friendster, or any other site. It's from here that he decides to go on a joint venture with his best friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), to create a social networking site called "thefacebook.com", at the time. Needless to say, this doesn't exactly make the fraternity that approached Mark about their idea very happy, as they feel Mark might have allegedly stolen it from them.

However, none of this bothers Mark at all, until things get really out of hand, when he starts to grow apart from his best friend. As it seems, former CEO and founder of Napster, Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), influences Mark to take "the facebook" in an entirely different direction. Preaching to Mark how society will criticize him for his innovative idea. He even tells him that this site is not only a great way to becoming a billionaire, but it's also a form of rebellion. A way to say "screw you" to the masses that shunned him; particularly to the girl that left him. Indeed, Mark becomes seduced by this notion that Sean Parker presents, as it eventually leads to him to become arguably this centuries most prominent and successful figures in history. And to think, it all started when Sean said, "You know what..drop 'the' and call it just 'facebook." But, at what cost? During his whole ordeal he made a lot of enemies and even financially screwed over his best friend. Was becoming a billionaire founder of a popular social network worth it?

Some might say it was considering the end result was a huge financial fortune, but was it truly worth making a lot of enemies along the way? As a wise man once said, the path to success is never easy, nor will it always be well received. However, there's no disputing the results of Mark Zuckerberg's innovative idea.

Although publicly founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, denies that most of this movie is based on the reality of his life, that still doesn't diminish how powerful this movie is. Unlike most biographical films where it's often biased one way or another towards the figure it's presenting, "The Social Network" is refreshingly unbiased if anything. Presenting a unique story about one man's rise to fame, and how he gets caught up with his success.

What I love most about this movie is that it can interpreted in various ways. One, a person could view this movie and think that Mark is a complete jerk that ditches all his friends, in favor of money and wealth. While the other perception could be that he's just a man that's deeply misunderstood. A man that wasn't trying to be a jerk, but rather he was just trying to promote an innovative idea to the best of his ability while yearning for acceptance in society. Particularly by that one girl, whom he shunned at the beginning. Whether this story is hundred percent faithful to Mark's life or not, you can't help but like this movie, as the story grabs your attention right from the start and never lets you go. Taking you on a emotional rush that will leave you laughing one moment and sad the next, while leaving audiences clamoring for more. "The Social Network" truly is one of best films of the year by far.

Featuring great performances by Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake. Yes, I did just say Justin Timberlake, as he proves that there's more to him than just a pretty smile, and the boy band type persona that often gets associated with him. Lately though, he's been distancing himself from that image with more adult themed lyrics and songs like "D*** in a box", and it seems, in "The Social Network", he establishes himself as a quality actor. An actor capable of so much range, as I was highly impressed by his performance from this movie, as he plays the fast talking computer whiz like nobodies business. Andrew Garfield also does a wonderful job playing the best friend that tries to stand by Mark, but soon finds himself resenting him, as the audience could almost feel Eduardo's hatred for Mark.

Jesse Eisenberg pulls off the socially inept and highly intelligent genius to perfection, as his performance will allow audiences that even feel Mark screwed over a lot of people, to still feel empathy for his character. Realizing that he's ultimately a human being. A man that just wants belong and be accepted in life. Something that "The Social Network" captures beautifully.

Overall, I can't say enough good things about this movie, as it's simply a masterpiece. Outside of "Inception" and "Shutter Island", I would have to give this film a solid four out of four. It's literally that freaking good, as I fail to find anything remotely wrong with this movie. Sure, it's about two and a half hours long, but the movie is so entertaining that you'll barely even notice it. I highly recommend it for anyone that loves movies, as this is by far one of the best biographical films that I've ever had the honor of seeing.



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jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

I really have to watch this! I and a lot of friends are definitely interested in knowing what really had happen to one of the biggest social networking site in history. Nice article Steve.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks Jeanie. I appreciate you saying that, and thanks for stopping by. I hope you and your friends enjoy the movie when you see it, as it's very entertaining. :)


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

It was a good movie. I definitely interpreted it as him being a jerk, not really for the sake of money, but for popularity and status he was unable to achieve in person with anybody. This gave him the leg up because he didn;t have any social skills. I still think it's interesting 500 million users trust their personal info on this site who is ran by someone who considers himself an expert hacker. I found some parts of the movie witty and most of it entertaining, but not really sad. I don't feel sorry for any of the billionaires invloved.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Yeah, you do have a point there. To be honest, I kind of thought the same thing you did until I saw the ending. I won't say, since I don't want to spoil it for anyone reading this. However, to me at least, I could almost feel a sense of regret and longing to fit in, from his perspective around the ending when he tries to contact that one person. However, you are right it is highly entertaining. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and checking out my hub, as it's always a pleasure getting visitors here. :)


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Lifeallstar1 6 years ago

Hi Steven, I saw this movie and think you are right on with this review! I really enjoyed the movie a lot. It held my attention the entire way through. I think anyone seeing it would enjoy it. You don't have to be a facebook user to like it. I didn't find Mark to be a snobby brat. If anything, he felt awkward in his own skin mixed with brains and a bit nerdy. I think he learned what is important in life at the end. It's definitely a movie I could watch again. I like the twins too. Very funny! That guy did an amazing job! Great hub! Jess


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Yeah, I agree with you completely. I don't think Mark was necessarily a jerk. I just think that since he was a bit of a nerd in college, that he lacked a lot of basic social skills that he often felt awkward in his own skin, as you said. Plus, I agree with you about the ending, as well. Anyways, I'm really happy to know that you liked the movie and my hub, as I appreciate the nice compliment. Thanks Jess for stopping by, as it was a pleasure seeing you here. :)


Thong Van Vo 6 years ago

I heart some things not exactly but anyway the movie is hot in this time! interessting


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

thanks for the compliment.


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Lexe Charleston 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Good review. I loved this movie. Saw it twice. It's definitely the best film I've seen this year. Can't wait to see where Jesse Eisenberg's career goes, as he's still a relatively young actor and already sooo good. And I'd never heard of Andrew Garfield before but he was really good in this film as well.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Yeah, I agree. I'll be very surprised if the Academy snubs this movie, for next year, as this was truly one of the best films of the year. Hands down, if you ask me. Anyway, thanks for stopping by Lexe.


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schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

A very interesting movie that I've been dying to see, sounds like a jerk...I use facebook alot too


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks schoolgirl for stopping by again, as it's always a pleasure seeing you. I hope you like the movie when you see it. :)

To be honest, I rarely use facebook that often. However, it astounds me that they're able to make money off this idea with little to no advertising, as that was the most shocking part of all in this movie.


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I'm not sure I buy into the misunderstood genius thing. For me, he lost the benefit of the doubt when he blogged about Erica Albright to get revenge. That is what really stuns/shocks/scares me about today's communications. It's just that easy to post falsinformation and ruin someone's reputation. I can't say I blame her for not forgiving him.

But the rest of the review I agree with. Justin Timberlake has really grown on me (coming from a negative postion during his boy band days).

Anyway, thanks for a through and honest review. If I hadn't just seen it, I would see this movie on your recommendation! MM


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Well to be fair, I completely agree with you about the Erica incident, as I certainly don't blame her for never forgiving mark. In fact, I'll even go on record to say what he did to her by blogging about her viciously online was inexcusable. However, I think around the ending, you could tell he started to realize how much of a mistake he's made with her, and how he's handled various situations in life is all i was getting at. I don't think he was ever a bad guy, in the film, but I just think that he's one of those geniuses that knows a lot of technical things, but he's kind of slow when it comes to dealing with other people. at least, that's what i got out of it anyway.

however, we all have our own opinions about the film. Anyways, i'm glad you stopped by to take the time to read this, as it's always a pleasure seeing you around mighty mom. :)


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

I first saw the film about a year ago, but didn't really 'get it' until about half way through, because unless you already knew Mark Zuckerberg was involved in a court case over ownership of Facebook, or even that he owned it, you find yourself a bit lost watching the movie. I watched it again the other night and with the benefit of hindsight, I must say I enjoyed it better second time around. I wonder why no-one has mentioned Mark Zuckerberg has all the symptoms of having Asperger's syndrome, from his social ineptitude, to his lack of friends, and to his focal points which are genius level when it comes to the internet. Interesting theory. I might write about it. Meanwhile, you have written yet another excellent hub, as having seen the movie myself, you bring forth a lot of salient points :)


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Thanks Izzy. I'm glad you liked the review. Yeah, that is a very good point. I never thought of that, as he might have asperger syndrome now that I think about it. Well, I'll definitely be sure to read your hub on it once you publish it then. Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Sorry, I haven't added your facebook hubs to this one yet. I've already added the angie varona one, but I will be adding links to your facebook hubs on here.

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