The Social Network movie review - Aussieboyreviews


David Fincher’s movie stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield in a story of the founding of Facebook. “You can’t get to 500 million without making a few enemies”.


When Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site Facebook, he is sued by two brother who claim they stole his idea.

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Movie details

Director: David Fincher
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara, Max Minghella, Dakota Johnson
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Release Date (Australia): 28 October 2010
Runtime: 120 minutes/ 2h
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains themes of betrayal, references to animal cruelty and two people suing the character for stealing their social networking idea.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains two uses of “f**k”, as well as use of the words “s**t”, “bitch” and “**shole”.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains brief scenes of drug use, including people smoking marijuana and characters implicitly snorting cocaine.

Sex (M)

The film contains a scene in which a woman implicitly performs oral sex on a man.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

What makes this movie work out is that it’s 2-hours about the founding of Facebook with marvellous direction, admirable screenwriting and great acting from Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake. However, if you’re looking for something big and completely entertaining, this may not be the best pick. The Social Network looks back on the history and the rise of the popular social networking sight Facebook, landing on Mark Zuckerberg being sued by two brothers who claim he stole their idea.

The cinematography itself, even when you take away the sound, is impeccable enough to immediately grab you. Director David Fincher does a fantastic job as always in making sure every shot is visually compelling. And it’s not a history movie that unloads several minutes at a time of nothing happening. Writer Aaron Sorkin makes sure each scene will engage a viewer and thanks to the performances, especially from Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg, the characters in this movie will hold your attention.

The problem is the production, designing and executing of this movie is what deserves all the hype. Although there’s always something interesting happening and the big elements hold your attention for 2 hours, it’s not exactly as entertaining as it is surprising. The film crew and the actual movie don’t deserve any of the blame for Mark Zuckerberg taking, but technically not stealing, someone else’s idea, as the film is just to depict the rise and founding of Facebook.

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