The film starts with Oxford student Zuckerberg (plays by Jesse Eisenberg) setting up a privacy-invading website as a half-joke, which receives overwhelming responses. Although he nearly gets expelled by the university, it becomes the blueprint for social network website (which eventually becomes Facebook) launching in universities worldwide. He catches the eyes of Napster founder Sean Parker later on, and when Facebook establishes itself in the Silicon Valley, their differences start to surface and inevitably made public in the courtroom.
‘The Social Network’ is not really a story about success, but how a twenty-year-old boy is affected by sudden enormous wealth, and his intertwining with fame and money. The layered storyline narrates a revolution – a 21st century network that revolutionises modern communication with five million members, you and I included.
Text: Vincent Lau | Translation: dilettante
Photo Courtesy: Edko Film Ltd.
Update: 17 Nov 2010
THE SOCIAL NETWORK