The Social Network [Ultra HD]

A story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook.
David Fincher
Jesse EisenbergAndrew GarfieldJustin Timberlake
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Armie HammerMax MinghellaJosh PenceBrenda SongRashida JonesJohn GetzDavid SelbyDenise GraysonDoug UrbanskiRooney Mara
Scott RudinDana BrunettiCean Chaffin
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect If You Grew Up In the Dawn of The Social Networking Age
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A visceral adrenaline rush as a character study of Mark Zuckerberg.

David Fincher's sublime contemporary biopic about Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network (2010), is a fast paced kinetic film that ousts Zuckerberg as a thief, scumbag, and jerk. After everything we have heard Zuckerberg doing with Facebook, The Social Network is all the more telling and relevant.

Fincher's direction is peerless without any fat or frills. It's brutally honest and stark with a modern energy not often seen in biopics. Aaron Sorkin's writing is blunt, wordy, and direct. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score is pounding, refreshing, and original. It complements The Social Network's new dynamic, engaging the audience with thrilling songs while they learn to loathe Mark Zuckerberg.

The Social Network is not slander, but more so a revealing character study of a man with no morals, ethics, or conscious. It's all about his arrogance, cruelty, negligence, and vindictive personality. It feels more accurate every year and with each new anecdote we learn about Zuckerberg.

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg is the role he was born to play. His fast talking verbal vomit of the mouth is difficult to listen to, but also exhilarating in his portrayal. He captures the lonely loser and traitorous business visionary desperate for the world's approval. The Social Network not only depicts Zuckerberg as a soulless monster, but Eisenberg embodies his failure as a human being. Zuckerberg is not a good man and Eisenberg perfectly reaches peak wretch in The Social Network.

Andrew Garfield is phenomenal as Zuckerberg's once and only friend slash co-founder of Facebook: Eduardo Saverin. He delivers an earnest persona that makes you empathize with his pain and the betrayal he must have felt over Facebook and Zuckerberg. The Social Network is a condemnation of Zuckerberg, while a redemption story for Saverin.

Justin Timberlake is excellent as the manic backstabber Sean Parker, founder of Napster and eventual president of Facebook. Timberlake captures the essence of a man with nothing to lose and no talent except for suggesting ideas to better men. Timberlake could have had a career as a dramatic actor, but chose mediocrity instead. At least Fincher got greatness from Timberlake for The Social Network.

I liked the early cameo role from Dakota Johnson. Likewise, Rooney Mara is brilliant in The Social Network. She only gets a few lines, but they are the most memorable and biting critiques of Mark Zuckerberg to this day. You just have to see her performance in The Social Network.

Lastly, Armie Hammer is outstanding as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. His stern Harvard fraternity caricature is fascinating and entertaining. Hammer makes his presence known and really delivered a strong dual performance.

In short, The Social Network is going to be looked back at for its scathing depiction of Mark Zuckerberg, Eisenberg's inspired acting, Fincher's sleek direction, and Trent Reznor's wild score. The Social Network is like cocaine rushing through you directly hitting your senses.
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JulianReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A 21st Century Masterwork & The New Tech Boom
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Was everything in the movie 100% accurate to what actually happened? Almost certainly not. Did that stop the filmmakers from taking basic facts about the situation and turning it into a riveting piece of new era drama? Absolutely not.

For better and worse this movie represents America. The ability to create, free enterprise, the internet, without having a dollar to your name, you can use these things to make yourself a millionaire. But we all know, being a millionaire isn't cool anymore. What is also inherently American is to take someone else's idea and improve upon it, with or without their consent. Though what follows, will likely be a lawsuit, another American tradition.

From a filmmaking standpoint the story was told incredibly well by one of the greatest screenwriters of his generation, Aaron Sorkin, using the legal proceedings as the wraparound for the plot from start to finish was a clever device that intrigued and enlightened without being a distraction. The score by first time screen musician (and long time Nine Inch Nails member) Trent Reznor and his tandem composer Atticus Ross was probably the best thing to happen to this film. Without the score it isn't the same movie, it provides a somber tone that gives the movie it's unsettling feel.

You could make the point that the movie also embodied another American ideal, greed. Although Zuckerberg didn't seem to care much about money (in the film and supposedly real life) the corporate greed of the lawyers during the takeover, as well that of the way Sean Parker was portrayed seemed to leave a heavy footprint. But in the end Rashida Jones' character was right. Paying everyone who was rightfully owed a piece of the pie was nothing more than a speeding ticket. As of 2020 Zuckerberg's net worth is $75B+, and no amount he has given away could be remotely considered significant compared to that sum.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
David Fincher and Aaron Sorking team up to take on Mark Zuckerberg being self-centered genius
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The Social Network is David Fincher’s movie about how Mark Zuckerberg/Jesse Eisenberg created Facebook and screwed his friend Andrew Garfield and others in the process. The film has Fincher’s trademark dark look to it which matches the director’s tendency to deal with the dark side of society in this case selfishness and greed. He had a powerful ally in Aaron Sorkin who wrote the screenplay.

The opening scene is very important for the entire movie. It has Eisenberg insulting his girlfriend played by Rooney Mara which leads her to break up with him. She says he’s going to be a very successful businessman but think that he’s had it hard in life because he’s a nerd when in reality it’s because he’s a jerk. That in a nutshell is the film’s view about Zuckerberg. He’s a computer genius. He’s made billions, but at the heart of it he’s not a very good person and he really doesn’t care about others.

The movie itself is split between Zuckerberg’s time at Harvard when he came up with Facebook and the lawsuits against him that followed.

It’s definitely interesting and definitely has a strong argument about Zuckerberg and his company.
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
WAY Better Than Expected - My Hats Off To Eisenberg!
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The Social Network is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, it portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, Armie Hammer as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Max Minghella as Divya Narendra.

Being the age that I am (almost 30), it's interesting to watch a movie about a phenomenon that was actively created and developed during my youth that still has some kind of impact on my daily life; with that said, it was important to me to know a little bit about the historical accuracy of this film, and I was pleasantly surprised (and might I Add, not a bit shocked). When looked at through a fine lens, the essence of all of the figures portrayed are accurately captured, although there is some exaggeration in regards to the whos, the whats, the whens, the hows, and the whys. Given the subject matter at hand, it is no surprise to me that 'TSN' depended on a little bit of dramatization to string their story a long; honestly - how else can a bunch of individuals that don't understand coding and the technicalities of web design be coaxed in to watching a film about this process in motion? I digress.

If I recommend this movie for nothing else, the decision to cast Eisenberg as Zuckerberg was a no-brainer. Eisenberg is slowly becoming a favorite actor of mine, and his performance in this movie is phenomenal. There are so many moments in this film where Eisenberg has a precise amount of restrain over his facial expressions and is able to speak with his eyes and scowl alone. When talking, his cadence and speech are what could be expected from your stereotypical expectations of an introverted genius (very fast - almost ot the point of rambling). These qualities combined with gestures that were also subtle, but controlled, come together in a way that is absolutely flawless.

Lastly, there is one quote from the film that I think captures one of the most important strengths of this film:
'I didn't know if I should dress for the dinner party or the business meeting, so I dressed for both'.
This movie avoids making this experience Zuckerburg has a dichotomous one - because the reality is that the creation (and, maybe more importantly the development) of Facebook (and, really, anything else used for entertainment) is much more complicated than a matter of conducting business (writing code//etc) or reading/finding your desired audience (being cool//having fun).

There is always a reminder in the background of the delicate balance needed to enjoy life while chasing "success"; to say this film was dynamic would be a severe understatement.

I would recommend!
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GiftbearerReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Story and Answers Lots of Questions About the Controversy Surrounding Zuckerberg
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I found the beginning hard to follow as it had alot of technical stuff in it that only a tech person would really understand, but as it went on the characters and plot became much clearer. I have never liked the guy from what I knew about his management of Facebook, but now I really understand why so many absolutely despise him.

The movie alludes that he may have Asperger's but I think he is also a malignant narcissist and possibly a sociopath who opportunistically and parasitically uses anyone he thinks can help him achieve what he wants and then finds a way to discard them.

He lacks empathy and does not seem to feel guilty for any move he makes no matter who gets hurt by it, even his best friend.

The actor that played Zuckerburg did a very good job of conveying nuance; there were moments that he barely reflected but just as quickly banished the insight he was close to having from his mind, shown very well in the scene where his friend smashes his laptop and angrily confronts him, walks away and then the celebration starts for the number of users on Facebook. It seemed for just a second he considered what he might have had if he had not made the decisions he did and had not screwed his only friend over. A slight look of sadness came over his face, but then it was as if he flipped a switch in his brain and it was over.

It is a little sad to think about how he ruined every chance he may have had to have real connection with friends, or a wife, because enough is known about him publicly that nobody will likely ever trust him enough to get close to him after all that he's done to others. Like they say; "it's lonely at the top". Money is nice to have, but if you don't have friends and family then what do you really have?

Facebook remains a conundrum to this day; it helps people connect with others and to network in their businesses, while at the same time it foments some of the most hateful rhetoric online and allows bullying because of loopholes allowing cruelty, propaganda, and even libel as "freedom of speech".

Its terms of service are guided entirely by who the big investors of the day are. For example; I breed rats and my page was taken down by a competitor by their twisting the TOS (similarly to what Zuckerburg did in the movie about his friend's interaction with a chicken making it sound as though something inhumane was going on). Many animal breeders who find local adopters through Facebook were targeted in this way and had to create new pages once PETA finally stepped aside and the site received enough complaints from a large number of breeders whose animals' placement in forever homes was delayed by many months. The site had created some statement in their terms of service that it was not allowed to "sell animals" on Facebook, yet made exceptions for shelters that also ask for fees for their animals to be adopted), and those breeders who had another website off of Facebook . There were some breeders who were not targeted and continued to advertise prices openly. The hypocrisy of it all was so thick you could cut it with a knife it put everyone on edge! I, like many others have spent years and lots of money making sure our animals got the best care. We were not puppy mills and yet painted with that broad brush simply by being breeders. This political ploy did people a big disservice; both to breeders and to those looking for pets locally.

This film is totally consistent with what I know of the man and his company's MO in recent years. Even if certain bits and pieces were fictionalized overall it was dead on.

I also remember when a high profile guy in the reptile hobby almost came to the point of committing suicide because a group had been formed and hounded him with false allegations for years; even some of the members photoshopping pictures pulled from videos of his snakes to make it appear they were being neglected. When I reported this and asked that the group be taken down because its sole purpose was for was kniving to libel this guy who is of great help to animals who has pioneered some important conservation work, I received a letter sent to my profile page saying that they "support freedom of speech" and since the man is an adult they do not consider this online bullying a breach of their TOS." The next paragraph said I could "hide things" I found "objectionable."

I wrote back and told them this was not about me and my "perception" but that if a man who ordinarily was very positive and resilient had been worn down mercilessly to the point that he was considering suicide, that this is where they as a platform need to start drawing some lines. I never got another response, and as far as I know the hate group still exists.

I found this film enlightening to say the least and I understand more now than ever why there are so many who want to put federal regulations on Facebook to limit its taking certain actions which could hurt its users.
a_gurl_knows_thingzReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Slimy little Weasel Steals Idea
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I thought this film was boring. Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg but he’s really duplicating every other character he’s played because Eisenberg’s performances are all the same. The movie tells what most people already know: Mark Zuckerberg is a greedy, unethical little weasel who victimized strangers and friends alike. He pirated the Facebook idea and lied and continues to lie about it. At least the film has the decency to show what an a-hole Zuckerberg is. If you’re not familiar with the story of how he stole the Facebook idea and how he used everyone he knew for his own selfish reasons you might enjoy this film.
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Anonymous Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Facebook before facebook happened!
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As far as a movie goes it is a really good movie. It tells what happens before Facebook became Facebook. I dont agree that he stole it from a frat and used it to rate girls. In america you can watch a man build an object. Then go home and rebuild his object and sell it as your own. Is it right Noooooooo!. But in America its justified! Music industry did it to muscians and dancers, the gold rush stole and killed over gold, the oil industry goes to other countries and claims they are intitled to whats inside the land of another. It's the "America dream". Being rich! Apparently attaining the American dream means being a good theif! And fighting all the way through court over ownership of what you just stole and winning! Wow I paid for all my stuff and had to earn it the hard way and honest way! Makes me pissed Im forced to use bill gates windows! I dont really want to use his Facebook either but everyone is using it!
David HannaReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favorite films!
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This is one of my favorite films of all time.

Everything and everyone is well-filmed and well-acted. Some things actually are not true, but as usual with Hollywood, things are written in such a great way it all seems possible.

Overall, this is the best version of the film, unless it gets remastered into 4K or even 8K in the future.
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