David Fincher made his mark directing offbeat films, but still managed to have an impact in Hollywood. "Fight Club," "Se7en" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" represent the wide range of his projects. Fincher brings all his expertise to bear in his wicked-smart portrayal of the young men who created Facebook.
"The Social Network" documents the controversial beginnings of this phenomenal website. The plot starts with the company's privileged origins and the Harvard whiz kids who started it. Class warfare is evident as the big new idea ends up with high-priced lawyers fighting over profits. As they take depositions, the clever screenplay shifts back and forth between answers to legal questions and the events that led to the questions.
Rapid-fire dialogue and sharp sarcasm pepper the screen. Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield are well cast as Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. Justin Timberlake is surprisingly good as the inventor of Napster who guides the novices to hedge fund investors.