DVD review – The Social Network

2011-03-11 14:06

For all intents and purposes, this should be a rather mediocre drama about some computer geek with a high IQ who, last year, became the youngest billionaire on Earth.

What it ends up being, however, is a fast-paced drama with a convoluted plot that flits from the hallowed halls of Harvard to the drink-and-drug fast life of sunny California.

DVD: The Social Network
Director: David Fincher
Featuring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew
Garfield, Justin Timberlake
Rating: 8/10

And the best part? It’s about real, live people you can actually Google. 

This is the story of how Mark Zuckerberg went from being an obnoxious computer prodigy to detestable computer genius, loved by millions of cyber “friends”, but loathed by the real people in his life.

But Zuckerberg is not a beast – heck, he’s not even a bad boy.

He is just a kid so wrapped up in himself and creating a global phenomenon that he does not see when the few friends he has start fading into the shadows while opportunists circle him like vultures.

Which is why, when watching this, you feel like slapping him and hugging him at the same time.

Actor Jesse Eisenberg is ingenious in this movie, and unlike Justin Timberlake who is quite good as a cokehead rebel madcap, does not seem to try hard at all.

Eisenberg is Zuckerberg.

It’s just a pity his Oscar nomination for best actor came in a year when the category was chock-a-block with fantastic actors.

This is not a film to rent; you need to buy it because you’re going to be watching it over and over again.

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