Thursday, 14 October 2010

Facefilm aka The Social Network

The Social Network starts with a date, an end of a relationship and Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg); fitting for a film all about the Zietgeist of modern times - Facebook.

The overblown tag line for this film gives a fair hint of what it's all about, but don't let this put you off.

Yes, it has a soundtrack that drives, pumps and screams fast lane.

Yes, Justin Timberlake is in it as Sean Parker - he's bloody good.

Yes, there are hot girls, deal table posturing and dot com bickering.

This film is not subtle, but then what about building a billion dollar business before your thirty is subtle, slow paced or small scale!

This film is not about technical brilliance or geekish facts.

It is about building the characters behind the ongoing saga of our age: the internet and big business.

But it isn't a biopic, it's a selection of moment by moment snatches of the insecurities and confidence that intertwine to make some of the most powerful, frightening and fragile characters you could possibly imagine; beautifully acted by all.

This film is comic, fun, fast paced and, if you grab all the implications, brainshatteringly scary.

It paints a picture of the power and arrogance of some of the greatest young business minds in America.

If everything this film portrays of these characters is true (they're all completely nuts), I never want to use Facebook again, but if this film teaches you anything it is that I, you, everyone will.