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Somehow it’s difficult to surmise that this obnoxious character, Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, created the highly successful Facebook. If the purpose of the initial dialogue by Mark and his girlfriend Erica was meant to annoy the viewer, it achieved its purpose. I felt like turning off the film at that very moment. However, since this is probably one of the films that will be nominated for the Oscars, I decided to be patient and give the film a chance. From the beginning the film establishes some of its main themes through that initial irritating conversation. Issues of class and power, who belongs, who has social skills, and how you deal with success surface from the beginning.
The main character, Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard student who got a perfect score on his SATS, is obsessed by his desire to belong to the prestigious fraternity Porcellain. He knows that being from a wealthy family will not get you into this exclusive group. So he wants to do something special that will prompt the fraternity to invite him to be a member. During the course of the initial conversation, Mark angers Erica and she breaks up with him. Because he is angry at Erica, he first blogs nasty information about her and then hacks the university’s profiles, takes all the girls photographs and asks guys to rate their hotness. The page he created receives 22,000 hits within two hours and causes quite a commotion within the Harvard community. It also calls the attention of the Porcellain fraternity who ask him to become part of their group to help them create a social network similar to My Space. His dream achieved, Zuckerberg fools them into believing he will help, but develops what we now know as Facebook. And this is where the story really begins.
The film combines the hearings of Zuckerberg’s case with vignettes of what supposedly had happened in flashbacks. Mark Zuckerberg, as played by Jesse Eisenberg, is disagreeable, arrogant, unregretful about any of his actions, and it seems unprincipled. This character is remorseless and for me had no redeeming qualities. Except maybe for Eduardo (Andrew Garfield), none of the characters in this story is likable. In fact they are all, in my opinion, despicable. On a personal level, they represent everything that is wrong in this world. I’m sorry if I offend-but I hate fraternities and the misuse and abuse of power. I have always felt that with great wealth and power, comes great responsibility. None of these characters are worried by their responsibility as citizens; they are just greedy.
Well, the question is Do I recommend this film? I certainly do. It is too long and dialogue driven so maybe this is not a film for those who like action. Though, it made me angry and made me question having my Facebook account. It tells a great story. The fact that it angered me was precisely the film’s objective. It exposes the greed and immorality of our times and the superficiality of our relations with others.