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Certificate 12A
Cast
Jessie Eisenberg
Justin Timberlake
Andrew Garfield
Rooney Mara
Armie Hammer
Directors
David Fincher
Screenwriters
Aaron Sorkin
Running Time
120 minutes

The Social Network
The curious court case of Facebook's founders


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The Social Network

Plot
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) has been dumped by his girlfriend, so, in revenge, he writes a savage blog about her and hacks into all the local college computers to amass a scurrilous website to taunt her and her friends. The site proves incredibly popular, so Zuckerberg develops plans for a social network site called The Facebook, which becomes a near-overnight success. As The Facebook grows, however, Zuckerberg drifts away from his best friend and business partner while infuriating a pair of jocks who claim he has stolen their idea...


Verdict
A rich, understated character drama that gleefully exposes the petty playground politics at the centre of one of the internet-era's most bitter court cases.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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