The Social Network (dir. David Fincher, 2010) – Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg launches the social networking site Facebook, but is sued by the Winklevoss twins who claim he stole their idea.
While factually ambiguous, The Social Network effectively translates a potentially linear biography into a powerful universal story.
In just a few years, Facebook has become a global addiction. The largest social network in the world has become almost synonymous with its key inventor Mark Zuckerberg, but The Social Network comes as a reminder that it takes more than one man to build a phenomenon.
Despite the name, the film is not about Facebook. Rather, it deals with the relatable peaks and valleys of aspirations behind closed doors. Behind the enterprise lies a timeless story, in which the on-screen Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) discovers the cost of over-ambition.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin takes huge liberties for dramatisation. But despite invented details, the film remains immersive and grounded as a work of fiction. His sharp writing draws universal themes out of Zuckerberg’s relationships in both friendship and business, lost due to his misguided aspirations.