The Social Network

2010

The Social Network

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Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.

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"The Social Network" explores the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomena of the new century, was invented -- through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. The result is a drama rife with both creation and destruction; one that audaciously avoids a singular POV, but instead, by tracking dueling narratives, mirrors the clashing truths and constantly morphing social relationships that define our time. Drawn from multiple sources, the film captures the visceral thrill of the heady early days of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making -- and the way it both pulled a group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart.

Cast

Jesse Eisenberg
as Mark Zuckerberg
Andrew Garfield
as Eduardo Saverin
Justin Timberlake
as Sean Parker
Armie Hammer
as Cameron Winklevoss
Max Minghella
as Divya Narendra
Josh Pence
as Tyler Winklevoss
Brenda Song
as Christy
Rashida Jones
as Marliyn Delpy
Joseph Mazzello
as Dustin Moskovitz
Douglas Urbanski
as Larry Summers
Rooney Mara
as Erica Albright
Bryan Barter
as Billy Olsen
Patrick Mapel
as Chris Hughes
Nick Smoke
as KC's Friend
Cali Fredrichs
as KC's Friend
Steve Sires
as Speaker/Bill Gates
Victor Z. Isaac
as Stuart Singer
Abhi Sinha
as Vikram
Dakota Johnson
as Amelia Ritter
James Shanklin
as Prince Albert
Alex Reznick
as Prince Albert's Aide
John Hayden
as Howard Winklevoss
Oliver Muirhead
as Mr. Kenwright
Wallace Langham
as Peter Thiel
Cayman Grant
as Peter Thiel's Assistant
Peter Asle Holden
as Facebook Lawyer
Darin Cooper
as Facebook Lawyer
Dustin Fitzsimons
as Phoenix Club President
Toby Meuli
as Phoenix Member Playing Facemash
Alecia Svenson
as Girl at Phoenix Club
Jami Owen
as Student Playing Facemash
James Dastoli
as Student Playing Facemash
Robert Dastoli
as Student Playing Facemash
Scotty Crowe
as Student Playing Facemash
Jayk Gallagher
as Student Playing Facemash
Marcella Lentz-Pope
as Erica's Roommate
Trevor Wright
as B.U. Guy in Bra
Randy Evans
as Student in Communications Office
Carrie Armstrong
as Court Reporter
Pamela Roylance
as Ad Board Chairwoman
Brian Palermo
as CS Lab Professor
Brett Leigh
as Phoenix Club Hazer
Chris Gouche
as Phoenix Club Pledge
Nicholas Tubbs
as A Capella Group
Kevin Chui
as A Capella Group
Richard Ferris
as A Capella Group
Burke Walton
as A Capella Group
Anh Nguyen
as A Capella Group
Dane Nightingale
as A Capella Group
Stephen Fuller
as A Capella Group
John He
as A Capella Group
Nancy Linari
as Larry Summers' Secretary
Aaron Sorkin
as Ad Executive
Kyle Fain
as Intern Eric
Christopher Khai
as Intern Ian
Courtney Arndt
as Victoria's Secret Model
Felisha Terrell
as Beautiful Woman
Zoe De Toledo
as Harvard Rower's Coxswain
Simon Barr
as Harvard Rower
Alex Leigh Barker
as Harvard Rower
Phil Turnham
as Harvard Rower
Richie Steele
as Harvard Rower
Chris Friend
as Harvard Rower
Tom Harvey
as Harvard Rower
Alex Olijnyk
as Hollandia Rowers' Coxswain
Ray Poulter
as Hollandia Rower
Bob Hewitt
as Hollandia Rower
Dave Lambourne
as Hollandia Rower
James Padmore
as Hollandia Rower
Sebastian Kouba
as Hollandia Rower
Charles Herbert
as Hollandia Rower
Robin Dowell
as Hollandia Rower
Nathan Hillyer
as Hollandia Rower
Sarah Adler
as Stoned Girl
Amy Ferguson
as Stoned Girl
Monique Edwards
as Bank Teller
Lacey Beeman
as Sorority Girl
Cherilyn Wilson
as Sorority Girl
Caleb Landry Jones
as Fraternity Guy
Franco Vega
as Policeman
Andrew Thacher
as Policeman
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  • Jun 09, 2016
    A biography cashing in on the social media hype. Sure, it had pretty amazing performances, but I highly doubt the accuracy of the depiction. Not to mention the fact that a website can be made into a movie. It did not interest me the least.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2016
    Fincher's signature cinematic style works perfectly with the Social Network's sharp script and top-notch performances.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2016
    The Social Network brings out the strengths of its cast as well as direction and story. This film is beautifully shot, very well directed and almost everything works, good job Fincher!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2016
    There are some instances where certain directors just go together perfectly with the project, both in terms of directing style, cinematography preferences, and it's correlation to the overall story. David Fincher directing what seemingly everyone called "that facebook movie" is one of those situations. I feel like I could go on and on for at least sixty pages about how beautifully this film is shot. Fincher's perfectionist "one-hundred takes of every scene or bust" mentality along with Jesse Eisenberg's detached, overtly-cynical portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg meld well together on giving the film a platform for the remaining cast and story to set itself up on. The film's genius and well-calculated approach is further enhanced by casting somebody who i'd previously not believed to be a good actor in even the slightest. Justin Timberlake's portrayal of Napster co-founded Sean Parker was shockingly well-acted. It's a classic case of a former teen idol proving to the world that he has more to offer than just choreography-laden arena shows and a new album every four years that really only suburban moms know about. Timberlake does to a shockingly decent job of portraying Parker as a former high school geek turned internet entrepreneur turned cast-out wannabe-rockstar who acts as the Lennon to Eisenberg's and Garfield's McCartneys to a point. Aside from the rockstar antics of Silicon Valley net heads (about 20 years too late to use that term?), and an admittedly detailed portrayal of both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss by Armie Hammer, the film's biggest focus-point isn't about Facebook at all; instead it's focus is on how money and an astounding wave of success on a billion dollar idea can drive two close friends apart - well, that and the stigma surrounding the whole Finals club thing, but that really isn't that important right here and now. Eisenberg's Zuckerberg and Garfield's Saverin feed off each other quite well in terms of dynamic. Both think of themselves as quite capable as making it in real life (they go to Harvard, for the sake of all that is good and pure) except for the socializing and love department, at least at the start of the film. They're desperate to leave their handprints on the world despite Zuckerberg here being too full of himself and cynicism to admit such. And that's the beauty of the Social Network, there's no teary goodbyes, no happy ending all around, and no resolution of the main conflict. Facebook is only a fulcrum in the film's true plot line of how a subtle behind-the-scenes Battle Royale for control over a world-changing idea can rip people apart in a seemingly irreparable way.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer

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