Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Social Network: Sex, Lies, and Facebook

WRITTEN BY GUEST BLOGGER: ERIC ALONSO, tv producer and all around great guy!

Arriving in theatres this Friday is David Fincher’s “The Social Network”, the movie that tells the story of how in 2004, Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and his college roommates launched an online network that changed how the globe communicates today.

Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book, The Accidental Billionaires, this film details the turbulent years of how Facebook was created. A tech-savvy Zuckerberg, who has just been dumped by his girlfriend Erica (played by Rooney Mara) one night decides to create and launch an online version of Hot or Not by illegally capturing the photos of female students. In one night, Zuckerberg’s version of Hot or Not garnishes the attention of 22,000 Hot or Not voters and also crashes the University’s online system. After school officials find out about his stunt, Zuckerberg is slapped on the wrist with six months probation, a punishment that would make most Harvard students reexamine what they publish online. Zuckerberg on the other hand sees potential and now having made for him self, is courted by Harvard classmates the Winklevoss twins, to help them start “Harvard Connection”, an online community for Harvard students.

It’s here that Zuckerberg allegedly takes their idea and molds it to create “The Facebook”, an online success that eventually lands Zuckerberg in federal court on charges of property theft, while at the same time burning bridges as he climbs to the top of the ladder of success.

It’s ironic how the youngest self-made billionaire who created a website that allows us to communicate and reunite with friends, colleagues, classmates from our past can’t even get people to accept his own request for friendship online. The Social Network is a well written story that is filled with greed, betrayal and laughter. Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfieled, who plays co-founder Eduardo Saverin, and Justin Timberlake who is maniacal as Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, will earn praises for their convincing performances. This film is a must see and it will be all the buzz come award season.

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