Posted on 2/02/11 09:32 AM
I'm not a facebook type. Don't have an account and I don't plan on getting one. Nevertheless this movie worked for me in a manner similar to 'Up in the Air', 'Wallstreet' or 'Bonfire of the Vanities'. It's a movie about corporate greed and an individual compensating for his own lack of social skills by developing an elaborate social networking site.
I like the fact that the movie shows that the idea did not just strike in a lightening flash but instead was developed in a particular context: the university dating scene (or, in his case, the lack of dating scene). The movie also traces the evolution of the idea to what we see today.
The casting is exceptional. The characters are generally unsympathetic but occasionally a line such as 'this is moving so fast' gives a glimpse into the undoubted confusion of emotions caused by being attached to a rocketship like facebook became.
Although he wasn't the best of the cast, I think Justin Timberlake deserves special mention if only because I have rarely seen a singer who turns out to be such a good actor.