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Facebook’s controversial beginnings inspire biofilm

 Director, David Fincher, and his cohorts have given the internet age its cinematic manifesto with “The Social Network,” a deeply layered look at the young men who were involved in the founding of Facebook.
 The plot follows two lawsuits made against Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the sophomore Harvard student who created the social network that would eventually eclipse MySpace and all other sites of its kind as the ultimate form of internet communication.
 The parties filing the lawsuits are Zuckerberg’s best friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), whom Zuckerberg has basically tricked out of the business of Facebook; and twin brothers (both played by Armie Hammer) who claim that Zuckerberg stole the concept of Facebook from them.
   Through a series of interweaving scenes, the events that led to lawsuits are shown the lawsuits are really beside the point.   The audience is meant to be engrossed in the actions of Zuckerberg and where his ambition will lead him.
 The young student literally kick-started the concept of Facebook while drunk and feeling rejected after being dumped by a pretty girl, but by the second act of the film, Zuckerberg is completely obsessed with making Facebook the centerpiece of Internet culture.
 The psychology of the character is left ambiguous, though, as the audience is left to question whether or not he set up his friends and business partners for financial failure and public disgrace in order to make himself the only person receiving any profits from Facebook.
 The performances are amazing, not only because of how well-matched each actor is with his or her respective character, but also because the actors are given a chance to show a range that hasn’t been exposed in their prior work.
 Eisenberg, who typically plays lovable goofballs, nails the narcissistic, deeply intelligent core of Zuckerberg perfectly.
  Justin Timberlake, who plays Napster founder Sean Parker, gives his character sharpness and sensitivity in one of the film’s best performances, all the more surprising because of his pop star past.
 If any of the main actors receive any Oscar nominations, they would completely deserve it.
 The witty, dense script with its thoughtful direction and superb performances are reasons to watch this film along with the subject matter–the foundation of Facebook and the experience of the technical age.
 Zuckerberg’s (or whomever’s) vision of trying to put social interaction online, whether it is great or harmful, has shaped the way the world communicates.

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