The true story of Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of social
networking giant Facebook, as well as the relationships it destroyed.
The Social Network (2010)
Directed by David Fincher
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake,
Armie Hammer, Rashida Jones, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara
Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
Oscar Wins - Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing,
Best Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg),
Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing
The creation of Facebook is one of the most significant cultural events in history. It sparked a generation of social networking that is still evolving, and it made Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg one of the wealthiest people on Earth. But the development of the website caused a lot of controversy, some of which is still felt today thanks to Zuckerberg's seeming inability to come off as a sympathetic human being. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's surprisingly epic biopic tells the story of the friendships and relationships that Zuckerberg gave up out of pettiness and spite, but also out of naivety because he was the youngest person ever to be in a position like that.
Jesse Eisenberg gives it his all as Zuckerberg, really hammering home his callousness and difficulty relating to people. His performance really makes you question whether or not Zuckerberg is a sociopath. His chemistry with Andrew Garfield, who plays his co-founder Eduardo Saverin, his impeccable, and you really believe their friendship and its disintegration. The real winner is the fantastic score from Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Who'd have thought that a movie about Facebook could be scored so dramatically?
Aaron Sorkin has this incredible talent of taking very uninteresting things like politics, baseball, and social networking and turning them into highly engaging stories. The Social Network is one of his most skillfully written screenplays. Add that to Fincher's unparalleled direction and you've got a great modern classic that is endlessly rewatchable.