I have to admit I was skeptical. How interesting could a story about the founding of Facebook be? Programming mumbo jumbo and algorithms are only exciting to probably less than one percent of the population. But, as it turns out, The Social Network is not only interesting but also a gripping and fast-paced look at the mindset of the people and birth of a technology that is revolutionizing the world and the way we communicate.

The first five minutes of the film set the serve and volley tone as Zuckerberg’s girlfriend, Erica breaks up with him after a verbal sparring match that drew me right in but prompted the couple sitting next to me in the theater to walk right out. Apparently they quickly realized there wouldn’t be any explosions in this movie or at least not the kind where landmark buildings are blown up. Stinging from his breakup, Harvard student Zuckerberg unleashes his wrath on the opposite sex and develops a computer program that rates the hotness of female students, which proves to be so popular it crashes the university’s computer system. That’s where all the fun and trouble begins. Continue reading »

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