So let’s get to it… The Social Network is the story of how Mark Zuckerberg (played by Justin Eisenberg) founded Facebook and became a ga-zillionaire. I must say as a non-techie person, it was really fascinating to learn all the details that make Facebook work. The Social Network is a very intelligent movie in its writing as it follows Zuckerberg and other fellow Harvard students through the creation of the phenomenon we have all come to know, love, and waste inordinate amounts of time on. The movie deals with the two legal cases in which Zuckerberg was names as defendant: one case alleges he stole the idea of Facebook from a couple of Harvard students, the other case dealt with how he double-crossed his best friend, co-founder, and CFO of Facebook. Based on details from the movie, Zuckerberg has less than clean hands in both cases, and ultimately settled to pay a king’s ransom to the plaintiffs in these cases, which was a drop in the bucket to Zuckerberg and Facebook’s value. The Facebook story also features Shawn Fanning, founder of Napster, played by Justin Timberlake. Timberlake was actually pretty good in his part and quite believable. While the creation of Facebook and other websites seem to come effortless (due to his sheer genius), The Social Network showed how Zuckerberg struggled interpersonally to maintain relationships. I guess a person that darn smart has to be deficient in some area. This is a very insightful movie that moved very well; I recommend you see.
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