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  • Writer's pictureJames Rutherford

‘The Social Network’: A Sleek Exposé of Mark Zuckerberg and the Meteoric Rise of Facebook

Movie poster for the film The Social Network starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake

“The Social Network” (2010) is a sleek and alluring biographical depiction of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), starting in his early years at Harvard University when he first developed and launched “Thefacebook”. Ultimately sued for intellectual property theft by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer), Zuckerberg’s legal deposition against this claim serves as the backdrop for this bold tale of ambition and relentlessness.

Snubbing the Winklevoss twins and disavowing their initial agreement to partner on the “Harvard Connection” social platform, Zuckerberg instead develops the Thefacebook alongside friend and fellow Harvard student Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). As the site’s popularity grows and expands to Ivy League schools nationwide, the two ultimately develop an auspicious partnership with tech pioneer Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), the abrasive and outspoken founder of Napster. Their mutual business association becomes the provenance for a sordid and enthralling account of dissension, aspiration and ultimately remarkable eminence.

Adapted by Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”, “A Few Good Men”) from the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich and directed by Hollywood heavyweight David Fincher (“Fight Club”, “Zodiac”), “The Social Network” is an electrifying and piercing treatise on one of the most prominent visionaries of the 21st Century. Delivering a revealing behind-the-scenes illustration of the enigmatic Zuckerberg, Sorkin and Fincher have crafted one of the most captivating true-to-life profiles of accomplishment ever put to film.



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