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Mainstream - The Social Network

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Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield
Director: David Fincher
Studio: Sony Pictures
Run Time: 121 minutes

If you have a facebook account then you owe it to yourself to see The Social Network. The most used site on the Internet where rulers of countries and royalty have pages and friends is worthy fodder for a movie. We have to take at face value the portrayal of real people because there haven/’t been any lawsuits regarding the way they are portrayed on screen and everyone involved has deep enough pockets to hire the very best legal representation should they choose to do so. That being said the other thing that we should keep in mind is the word “Driven”. It is a word that you don’t hear very much anymore, perhaps because it has fallen out of fashion or because other words have taken its place like “asshole”. Whether it is “asshole” usually reserved for men or “bitch” usually reserved for women being driven and wanting the world to be the way you want it to be has been the hallmark of those who actually make changes in the world. It is rare for someone to be widely liked and still effect major change. The Social Network is about the inventor of facebook and the tribulations he deals with while creating what is the most widely used social network online.

The movie seemingly doesn/’t pull any punches. People are portrayed here warts and all. At the same time the positively frantic energy put into the creation of facebook and the youngest billionaire in the world keeps the movie going at breakneck speed. It is ironic that the movie about the creation of an online social network is absorbed most of the time with the breakdown of Mark’s real life network of friends and colleagues as they are replaced with hangers on and venture capitalists.

Denis Bernicky

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