Monday, October 11, 2010

‘Social’ studies faces behind Facebook

“The Social Network” recreates and sometimes embellishes events surrounding the development of online juggernaut Facebook, focusing mostly on the top networking site's creation, early evolution, and controversies. Visionary filmmaker David Fincher triumphantly teams up with analytical Aaron Sorkin (“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) and an astonishing cast, resulting in a creative merger that stuns and delights.

Inspired by Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Millionaires,” the film recalls pivotal points in Facebook’s history. Brash but brilliant, tech nerd and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) decides to create an exclusive networking website and is eventually accused of intellectual property theft by some Harvard students (twins played by Armie Hammer). His closest friend and disgruntled colleague Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) also sues him after being forced out of the company he co-founded.

Yes, there are many things to “like.” Fincher masterfully tells the story, as expected, his visuals often coalescing with a permeating tenseness. Sorkin’s splendid script captures the nuances of conversations; the screenwriter’s penchant for revealing exchanges and arguments is ever-present. And the scratchy, almost foreboding score by occasional collaborators Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor appropriately discomfits.

Eisenberg astounds with his portrayal; his patronizing, unapologetic Zuckerberg is parts underdog, anti-hero, and calculating mastermind. And Garfield, the actor chosen to play Spider-Man in the next movie, is a revelation. His character believably and dramatically evolves amidst the crumbling friendship and subsequent treachery.

“The Social Network” opens Oct. 27 in Metro Manila.

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