October 1, 2010

Movie Review: The Social Network (aka "The Facebook Movie")

Most things are invented by geeks and if it isn’t for certain geeks, we would probably still be living in tree houses and riding horses. “The Social Network” is a movie base on Facebook which follows the company founder Mark Zuckerberg from back in his anti-social Harvard days to him becoming the youngest billionaire in the country. Of course, the more successful you get, the more people wants a piece of you.

The movie was well casted. Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg, actually has similar but more “Hollywood” resemblance as Zuckerberg in real life. Justin Timberlake’s another attempt at acting was surprisingly respectable, and Armie Hammer, who plays the role of twins Tyler and Cameron Winkelvoss like he was made for the role.

Left: Jesse Eisenberg who plays Mark Zuckerberg; Right: Mark Zuckerberg

I also thought that Trent Reznor did a wonderful job with the movie’s instrumental score. Then again, I’m always a fan of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor is a genius for integrating the most random everyday noises into a song.

Favourite quote: [Tyler Winkelvoss talking about giving Mark Zuckerberg a
beating] "I'm 6'5", 220 pounds, and there are two of me."

Even though the movie might be based on a true story, you never know how much has been fabricated for entertainment purposes like every other “based on a true story” movies. But really, there aren’t many real life events that are interesting as-is to be made into film, other than movies about ruthless world leaders, and… Jersey Shore. Yeah, sometimes I question humanity as well.

But it doesn’t matter how much the film is actually what it really happened, it is also a cautionary tale of mixing friendship with business. The put-downs and one-liners are hilarious enough to watch as is.

The movie is a must see. After all, don't you want to know how Facebook got started?

I give it 4.5/5 facebook friends.