Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. At the age of 19 , the then-Harvard undergrad Zuckerberg, with the help of some friends, figured out the math to make and create Facebook. The movie allows you to see how Facebook takes off. Apparently it all happened after Zuckerberg gets drunk one night, pouting over the breakup with his girlfriend. With this success comes conflict. It seems that, according to two different lawsuits, Zuckerberg stole the idea, and he cheated the co-founder out of millions of dollars. Zuckerberg settled one of the lawsuits for a considerable sum but still denies the accusations.
This movie is filled with high drama, rage, and, of course, betrayal. Director David Fincher of the “Fight Club,” “Zodiac” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and writer Aaron Sorkin, best known for the TV show,”The West Wing,” have teamed up make a great epic story about how we all are able to tell the world about the smallest details in our lives. It really is amazing how they are able to make competing lawsuits and computer coding interesting, but they do.
As a side note, Justin Timberlake, who plays Shawn Parker, the founder of Napster who also brought Facebook to Silicon Valley, does his best on screen work by far.
In conclusion, my research shows that the facts of the movie, according to Facebook Inc., have been somewhat exaggerated. 500-million friends later, now we know the origins about the guy who has made billions of dollars by helping technology win the battle against actual human contact. This is one of the best movies of year and is a true Oscar contender in every sense of the word.
It has been described as the 21st centuries verson of “Citizen Kane.” Like that film’s Charles Foster Kane, Zuckerberg is portrayed as an ambitious genius who corrupts his soul in the quest for power. There is good chance that the perception of Facebook will never be the same after this movie and regardless if you have a Facebook page or not I think you are going to like this film, it is very entertaining.
Original release date: October 1, 2010
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: David Fincher
Screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Joe Mazzello, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Brenda Song Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language)
Official Website: 500MillionFriends.com