"If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook," is the cryptic utterance made by actor Jesse Eisenberg portraying Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in the first trailer for "The Social Network." While bordering on self-parody, those words underscore how the origins of the largest global networking enterprise was intriguing enough to be made into a movie.
Traditional movie trailers are meant to tease and entice the viewer into wanting to know more about an upcoming flick. In 1 minute and 11 seconds, director David Fincher hits a bull's eye.
While the trailer is absent of any visuals of Eisenberg or even Justin Timberlake, their voice-overs are stylistically heard as the words, 'punk,' 'genius,' 'prophet,' 'traitor,' and 'billionaire' are flashed across the screen - all enigmatic descriptors of the questionable founder whom some say stole a coveted idea from a Harvard dormitory and transitioned it into a billion-dollar operation, now followed by 500 million people.
The film, due out Oct. 1 is from director David Fincher ("Zodiac," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" & "Fight Club") and writer Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing") and is based on Ben Mesrich's book "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal." Justin Timberlake portrays Sean Parker, Facebook's founding president and a co-founder of the original Napster.
Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg
The movie's tag line is: "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies" is reviewed in another recent post titled "'The Social Network' Movie Like 'Primary Colors' Portrays Flawed Leader."
Other posts pertaining to the movie and the book can be found here.