Betsy Sharkey's film pick of the week: 'The Social Network'
October 6, 2010 | 6:34 pm
David Fincher’s incisive thriller is about the bloody battle over the ubiquitous site’s creation rights, and -- let's face it -- the film wouldn’t exist if Facebook hadn’t created a culture of young feathered friends like the annoying one in front of me. That would have been a serious cinematic loss.
Fincher has turned a business deal gone bad into an extraordinary cloak and dagger corporate espionage nail-biter with a nerd genius at its center. Aaron Sorkin’s script is razor sharp and 120-mph fast; Jesse Eisenberg’s vacant eyes and social shortcomings as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are mesmerizing to watch (you seriously wish someone would check for a pulse); Andrew Garfield is exceptional as Zuckerberg’s best (and only?) friend Eduardo Saverin.
But the real pulse-pounding (ours, not Mark's) comes in watching a new zeitgeist emerge before our eyes. Meanwhile, see it. But please save your Facebook posts for later.
--Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times film critic
Photo: Friends-turned-foes Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield, left) and Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) in "The Social Network." Credit: Columbia TriStar