Every age has its visionaries and geniuses that leave behind a new, radically changed world. But that does not happen, almost never, without a fierce struggle with the people and the system they want to change through their creation. In Social Networking, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin reveal the moment when Facebook was created, the most revolutionary socialization phenomenon since the beginning of this new century-through the perspective of super-intelligent people who claim, each one, that they are the inventors.
The result is a drama in which both creation and destruction are struggling with equal forces; a struggle in which we do not have a single point of view, but the contradictory stories, the diametrically opposed ideas and the social relations in full metamorphosis that define our world today.
Described in several perspectives, the film starts from the corridors of Harvard University, and then leads us to the Palo Alto offices, to then relive the excitement of the days in which the cultural phenomenon that has changed the face of the world – and how he joined a group of young geniuses in computer science, then split them. In the midst of this tumult is Mark Zuckerberg (JESSE EISENBERG), the brilliant Harvard student who designed a website that seemed to redefine overnight relationships among people; Eduardo Saverin (ANDREW GARFIELD), once Zuckerberg’s best friend, who secured the start-up funding of their young software firm; Napster founder Sean Parker (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) who put Facebook in the arms of Silicon Valley investors; and Winklevoss (ARMIE HAMMER and JOSH PENCE), Harvard group colleagues, who claimed that Zuckerberg stole their idea and sued him for her fatherhood.
Each has its own version of how Facebook was born – but they all contribute to what might be called a portrait of the success of number one of the current century, a portrait that drew both the dreams of the young their most intelligent and concrete realities of the age.
One night with a lot of drink, in October 2003, after arguing with his girlfriend, Mark enters the university computer network illegally and creates a site with a database to include all the girls on the campus, then show two pics next to each other to ask those who access it, which one is sexy. He baptizes his creation called Facemash, but the site is virulent immediately, leading to the collapse of the entire Harvard computer system and generating a huge scandal caused by the site’s deep misogyny. Moreover, creating Facemash, Mark, deliberately violated system security, copyright, and the right to confidentiality. However, this was the birth of Facebook’s basic structure. Shortly after, Mark launches thefacebook.com, which will spread madly at Harvard, from one computer to another, and then through Ivy League, to Silicon Valley, and quickly embrace the whole world.
But during the tumult of creation, passionate conflicts – in connection with how the idea was born, her paternity, who deserves the recognition for this project that promised to become one of the greatest inventions of the century – conflicts that will divide the genious boys , which will come to justice.
In order to create a concrete picture of that troubled time of creation, that story that was written in the eyes of contemporaries, Sorkin and Fincher collaborated to build with great care not only the story but also an approach that is deliberately not partisan. Thus, the film presents a combination of the opinions of all the heroes involved – each of them believes that he holds the absolute truth and his memories are the most faithful of reality – leaving the viewer the freedom to make his own opinion on what has happened.
Columbia Pictures presents, in association with Relativity Media, a production by Scott Rudin / Michael De Luca / Trigger Street, a film by David Fincher, Social Network. Directed by David Fincher. The script is written by Aaron Sorkin. The film is inspired by the volume “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich. The production is signed by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Cean Chaffin. The executive producer is Kevin Spacey. The picture director is Jeff Cronenweth, ASC. Scenography belongs to Donald Graham Burt, Angus Wall, A.C.E. and Kirk Baxter, and Jacqueline West’s costumes. The music was composed by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross.