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Unless you’ve been hiding under a big rock for the past seven years, you’ve heard about the world’s most popular social networking site, Facebook. And unless you’ve been living under a slightly smaller rock, then you’ve probably heard of the new movie The Social Network, which is a ‘fictionalized’ film following the creation of the worldwide phenomenon that is Facebook.
Womenworking.com was invited to an advanced screening of the film today. Helene watched with her 20 year old son, Heath. So here’s our review hot off the press!
Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, whose works include A Few Good Men and NBC’s The West Wing, the movie is a brilliant, fast-paced, entertainment flick. Actor Jesse Eisenberg plays founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard computer geek, who at the ripe age of 19 created a version of the idea to get back at a female friend. Of course, the rest is history. He is now a multi-billionaire with a net worth said to be $6.9 billion. Zuckerberg was later accused of stealing the idea from some college acquaintances, leading to the marketing punchline – “You don’t get to 500 million friends, without making a few enemies.” And Mark paid a hefty settlement out of court!
The acting, direction and screenplay are superb. The movie is fast-paced - you never get bored. Justin Timberlake plays Napster’s founder Sean Parker and does a good job of it.
We all know that social media is changing the world. Today, we can choose to become connected to as many people as we want to. But the question is, at what price? Can our internet connections replace face-time? We think not, what do you think?
The Social Network opens next Friday at theaters nationwide. It’s a must see!