Social Network (Movie)

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Movie Review: The Social Network

It’s a tale of selfishness. A tale of the retribution and angst that in some amount has its place in every young person’s budding soul, that just happened to lead to the birth of a billion dollar enterprise. It’s a tale of breaking the rules—err, the ethics—of business, leading to the conception of a cyber revolution that includes 550 million people and connects every inhabited corner of the earth. Near as obvious as Facebook’s ironic triumph is the necessity to see The Social Network, both for its account of social impact in modern society as well as its top-notch quality of entertainment.

As the prospective viewer will be delighted to discover, the film is not an informative account, but a personification and narrative of the power-hungry being behind the infamous blue-and-white Web link. Evolving in dark dorm rooms and smutty fraternity digs, and accompanied by drum music, the viewer quickly comes to realize that the story of Facebook’s evolution is far from the legendof entrepreneurial success that one might have assumed, but instead a journey of moral contemplation and self-interest in the face of uncontrollable financial and popular growth: The witty protagonist and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerburg was clearly in over his head.

It was fitting of director David Fincher to choose the aspiring star Jesse Eisenberg as the battling bookworm of a lead role. Despairing from the all-too-relatable heartbreak of a dejected love, the film immediately puts Zuckerburg on the same level as the viewer, quickly transforming the idealistic entrepreneur into a common human being, seemingly capable of a success similar to that of the average geek. But this quickly grows to become an out-of-ordinary personal greed, as Zuckerburg tussles to take full credit for an idea that was perhaps only partially his andmultiple collaborators attempt to either deservingly or undeservingly take credit for the concept. But perhaps the most...
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