Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Movie Review: The Social Network

Yesterday I went to the movie theatre to see The Social Network. This movie was based on the true story behind the origins of Facebook, the largest social network in the world.
The main character in this movie is Mark Zuckerberg, a co-founder of Facebook. Mark is a very talented computer programer and a student at Harvard University. The movie begins with Zuckerberg sitting in a pub with his girlfriend. She is trying to carry on a conversation with him, but he is totally into himself and is being rude and obnoxious. She decides that she has had enough and breaks up with him.
Zuckerberg goes back to his dorm room and decides to get revenge on his girfriend by setting up a web site where pictures of female Harvard students are compared and rated by male students. He hacks into the university computer system and downloads the pictures of all the female students. He calls the site Face Mash. This site is so popular that it crashes the Harvard servers and Zuckerberg is caught and disciplined by the school officials.
This is not the end of Mark's hacking and code writing endeavors. He has a few lucky breaks, connects with the right people and puts in some long hours of work. The movie plays up the "bad boys" angle and makes it seem like Zuckerberg and his colleagues are in party mode 24/7. Somehow I really doubt that.
I found this movie both fascinating and entertaining. If you are a Facebook fan, then I think you will really like this movie. Yes, sometimes bad boys come out on top. Mark Zuckerberg is now the world's youngest billionaire.

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