The Social Network: the updated status review!

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When was the last time a film has left audiences feeling genuinely sorry for a scheming, condescending sociopath who winds up the youngest billionaire in the world? Leave it to David Fincher to make the case for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the frivolously detached yet passionately intense “The Social Network.” Set in the early 2000s, “The Social Network” is based on the novel “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich and captures Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) during his college years in Harvard. He’s a uber-geek with a robotic speaking pattern and a microprocessor-like mind.

The film follows Zuckerberg from the beginnings of the social website and his alleged larceny of the concept. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“Charlie Wilson’s War”) finds a traditional coming-of-age tale in the seemingly advanced and artificial world of the Internet. He presents an incredibly witty story that begins in the Ivy League’s contentious hierarchical battles and ends in the excessiveness of the Los Angeles night scene.

David Fincher strives for the themes of obsession and social disruption he displayed in “Fight Club” and “Zodiac.” His protagonist, Zuckerberg, is the anti-Tyler Durden, a boy genius whose bruises weren’t made with a fist but with speedy and hurtful verbatim. Fincher connects with Zuckerberg’s world, making “The Social Network” his most visually sterile work, a mix of steady shots and pale green lighting.

Ultimately, “The Social Network” is a semi-tragedy about a young man who wants connect with people, but is so insecure that he can only find common ground in the superficiality of a web profile. While it’s hard to find empathy for Zuckerberg, he’s alone, with no girl to love and no friends to confide in. Fincher finds the poster child of a generation, left with a laptop to refresh.


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