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Review: 'Social Network' is a compelling ride

October 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The story of how Facebook began is expected to win the weekend at the box office. It's gotten some very impressive reviews. Now I'll share my opinion.In "The Social Network," Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, the man who put Facebook in our faces. The movie explores whether or not he ripped off a lot of people along the way to becoming a billionaire.

Eisenberg continues to prove he's one of the best young actors of his generation. And Justin Timberlake is a great surprise here. You may despise the guy he plays by the end. I did. But he's got the charm part down pat.

My favorite performance in the film comes from Andrew Garfield, the new Spider-Man. He plays Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook -- the one character we know has a heart.

But for the most part, these are not people I'd care to know. Arrogance and greed are not character traits I look for in friends.

"The Social Network" has been lauded for its fast pace, but it took me about 40 minutes before I was hooked, then it's a good, compelling ride.

And when it's over, the movie is sure to spark conversation about the motives of all involved. Sometimes that can be as much fun as the movie itself.

"The Social Network" really succeeds when it comes to making you feel. You may feel anger, disgust or sadness but you're going to feel something and that's a real plus because you can't help but be engaged.

This is based on a true story, but how accurate is it? I have no idea. The real Mark Zuckerberg says he won't be seeing it, but from what he knows, he considers this a work of "fiction."


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