Excerpt: In 2003, Harvard junior Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) was inspired to create "TheFacebook.com," a site where Harvard students could interact with each other. Along with his best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), who funded the venture, the site launches to huge success and continues to grow until the entry of Napster innovator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and then everything begins to unravel.
Excerpt: The Network , Eva Orner’s profile of the Afghani media powerhouse MOBY Group, largely glosses over the thornier issues of running a TV and radio company in Afghanistan. The result is an uncritical, drama-free documentary that comes uncomfortably close to resembling a business-magazine puff piece.
Excerpt: Facebook. Heard of it? Odds are that if you’re reading this review you’ve either come from Facebook or will visit there shortly. It’s a fact. It’s hard to believe that only seven years ago Facebook was but a mere thought in Mark Zuckerberg’s head and now it’s something that world literally relies on. Amazing. The thing about the internet (and this door swings both ways) is that everyone is connected, so getting an idea, picture or anything else to someone is a snap.
Conclusion: 'The Social Network' is one of the finest films of 2010, a probing, fascinating examination of genius and character, business and betrayal. It's sublimely entertaining and brilliantly written and filmed, and this stellar two-disc Blu-ray set provides us with terrific video and audio transfers and excellent supplemental material.
Excerpt: It’s one conversation in The Social Network before you grasp everything you need to know about this film portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). One. It happens before the opening credits roll as he sits in a bar with his soon-to-be ex girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara), his mannerisms, awkwardness, and general nerdiness all in play. It’s five minutes of screen time. What else could you ask from a film?
Summary: The ability to make money doesn't impress anybody around here. Some directors just "have it." They posses the ability to not only craft one masterwork time and again -- think Sam Mendes, Stanley Kubrick -- but to take any subject material, be it something undeniably profound or superficially trivial, and turn it into a spellbinding tour-de-force of cinema that appeals to every viewer and engages each sense with a unique combination of thematic import, emotional clout,...
Excerpt: The Movie I could hardly believe that the great David Fincher, the man behind such radical works of cinematic fiction as Se7en and Fight Club , was going to commit himself to a fact-based drama about the recent creation of Facebook. The director never ceases to impress though, now with The Social Network , wherein he has crafted a thrilling film that stays with the viewer long after the end credits.
Summary: Told with the same overblown drama and self-importance of your friend's incessant status updates, "The Social Network" is nevertheless absorbing and sharply told, as if your over-sharing Facebook friend was, say, David Mamet.
Excerpt: Some people are born with good looks or with the natural hand-eye coordination necessary to hit a fast ball. Others come from money or are naturally charismatic; they draw people to them in a way that just can’t be learned. Then there’s the rest of us. We’re nothing special. We’ll never be those people. We look at them and say it’s ok, but can’t even convince ourselves. Whether we choose to admit it or not, we want to be them or at least gain their approval.
Excerpt: The Social Network , a history of Facebook written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher, begins in a crowded, chatter-filled bar with the sound of two people engaging in a rat-a-tat series of exchanges that doubles as a battle of wills. It ends, without giving too much away, in a strikingly different environment, with one person struggling with a radically redefined version of friendship.