Sunday, 12 June 2011

DVD Review: The Social Network

Rating: 4.9/10 - Forgettable

The Social Network is the real-life story of the development of the ever so popular social network website – Facebook. It delves into the drama that happened behind the scenes in the development process as well as the drama that came about after the huge success of Facebook.

Director: David Fincher. Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin. Producers: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Cean Chaffin. Executive Producer: Kevin Spacey. Cinematographer: Jeff Cronenweth. Editor: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall. Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Rashida Jones, Joseph Mazzello and Rooney Mara. Running Time: 121 Minutes. Age Restriction: 13ML.

On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)--a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realises he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself--the men of The Adjustment Bureau--who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path...or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick. -- (C) Universal Pictures.

This film is entertaining. The chemistry is also impressive. I must commend Blunt, not the most experienced actress, for her matching Damon, a very skilled actor. Yes, Damon is becoming tedious but he's created a believable David Norris in this movie.

Zuckerberg is put on academic probation for six months for creating this website. However, his genius IT brain caught the attention of twins, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and their business partner Divya Narendra. The twins invite Zuckerberg to a meeting and tell him about their idea of a dating website called ‘Harvard Connection’. They hire Zuckerberg to be the programmer for their website.

Zuckerberg approaches his friend Eduardo and tells him about his idea of ‘Thefacebook’, a social networking website available only to Harvard University students who have to sign up for it, making it voluntary. Eduardo agrees to join him and so begins the start of the creation of Facebook.

The website quickly spreads throughout the campus and when the Winklevoss twins hear about it they accuse Zuckerberg of intellectual property theft, saying that he got the idea from their ‘Harvard Connection’ idea.

The growth of the social networking website grows bigger than anyone could have imagined. The film goes on to show how it got so big as well as the law suits that Zuckerberg went through.

Throughout the entire film the scenes shift to depositions taken in the lawsuits against Zuckerberg and Facebook. I think this was a good way to show the development of Facebook as well as the repercussions that Zuckerberg had to deal with for each of his actions that he took while in the developmental process.

This film has done very well and is still a big talking point. However, I don’t really understand the huge fuss that has been made over this film. It has an interesting story but it is not really captivating and I feel a lot more could have been done with it. The acting could have been slightly more convincing and possibly added a bit more entertainment value to it.

Verdict: It conveys the story well, which is what it was meant to do. I do recommend you watch it if you are interested in the story of Facebook but don’t expect to be highly entertained. It has a documentary feel about it that has just been re-played by actors.

The Social Network is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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