Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Social Network: BFFs on the skids

There is an eureka moment in the 1983 blockbuster "War Games" when the kids realize they've hacked into a government military supercomputer. It was the ultimate prank. But it also revealed the terrifying power of the Internet. Now, nearly three decades later that electrifying moment is recreated when Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg realizes how immense and powerful his social networking site has become.

He's a 19-year-old Harward sophomore on this way to being the country's youngest billionaire.

Early reviews put the movie somewhere between winning the lottery and eating a calorie-free triple-scoop ice cream sundae. It's difficult to live up to the hype. Still this fictionalized account of Zuckerbergs's rise to fame and riches is a must not miss. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ("West Wing") and director David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") capture the frenzied pace and fierce competition on the Harvard campus — the dorms, the parties, the classes, the totality of what it's like to be an immature, insecure genius.
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