Becky and I went to see the new flick The Social Network on Friday night at the AMC Theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO. The Fandango website at The Social Network describes the movie as follows:
“‘On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications…”
The Social Network is a very entertaining drama about how the website Facebook got started by some students at Harvard University and the battles that ensued about who started the multi-billion dollar business. The characters are interesting with the super smart geeks, gifted jocks, and the famous California party animals.
The film shows how easy it is for people to get lost in the spell and allure of greed and power, as well as how easy it is for people to forget their friends and where they came from when power and money are involved. It’s also interesting that all the characters were brilliant having been accepted into Harvard, but Zuckerberg dropped out like many other successful moguls.
The acting was great, the story was very well done and it was really cool how the story was shown from three different perspectives while allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusion about who was right or wrong. I thought the character Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, was fascinating and it was wild how he landed his equity in the company. The character was enamored with the success of his Napster website and put himself right in the middle of Facebook, while offering very little real value and creating a major division between the main characters.
Having personally gone through a number of start-up ventures I could definitely relate to many of the situations in this movie. The character Eduardo Saverin really got the shaft in my opinion, even if he owns 5% of the company today and is a billionaire, he was integral in helping Zuckerberg launch the company and shouldn’t have had to sue his friend and the company to reclaim his equity in the business.
Becky and I both thought it was extremely well done and a great movie that will be enjoyed if you’re a Facebook user. You should find it entertaining, especially if you are a business owner or Entrepreneur.
John – **** Don’t Miss It
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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