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Movie review - The Social Network

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo

The Social Network - a movie that won recent critical acclaim in the Golden Globe awards for Best Motion Picture - Drama.|

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The Cast :

  Jesse Eisenberg  ...  Mark Zuckerberg 
  Rooney Mara  ...  Erica Albright 
  Bryan Barter  ...  Billy Olsen 
  Brenda Song  ...  Christy 
  Dustin Fitzsimons  ...  Phoenix Club President 
  Armie Hammer  ...  Cameron Winklevoss / Tyler Winklevoss 
  Joseph Mazzello  ...  Dustin Moskovitz 
  Patrick Mapel  ...  Chris Hughes 
  Andrew Garfield  ...  Eduardo Saverin 
  Max Minghella  ...  Divya Narendra 
  Toby Meuli  ...  Phoenix Member Playing Facemash 

 

The Review :

  The start of the movie already defines what the movie's premise is all about. The world of a geekhead who after being dumped by hif girlfriend focuses on creating a website that eventually becomes the world's most recognized global social network. Honestly, it's a lot of tech talk most of the time. However, what makes it work is the intense friendship, rivalry and partnership between Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) and his closest friend, Eduardo Saverin and also the intellectual property rights as claimed by the Winklevoss twins.

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The movie also touches on the meeting up of Mark with Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster. Naturally, Mark listens a lot to the experiences of Parker and this eventually becomes the rift in the friendship between Mark and Eduardo. This leads to multiple complications which is explored in the movie. The ending of it is not entirely satisfying because it's quite abrupt, as though the Facebook story ended at that point in time. Nevertheless, this are accounts based on Facebook's beginnings and how it has stormed the world in recent years.

No one can doubt the influence and reach of Facebook nowadays to the extent the term "Facebook Me" has become a term universally accepted. Doesn't this remind us of another similar online success story .. wonder why there's no movie out yet ;)

My rating : 8 out of 10 - good for home digestion, medium-paced drama with audience supposed to understand some of the technical jargon used.

Nomination and Winners of the Golden Globe Awards - http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/


Movie review - Skyline

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo

 

Skyline review

From the first preview, immediate thought came to mind ... another alien-falling-out-from-the-sky movie.

True to thought, it was another such movie, except this time the action was fast-paced, there's no actual heroes or heroines .. just survivors with a twist in the end. I see potential for it to be an upcoming tv series :)

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Anyway, the movie begins with alien pods of blue light landing down in Los Angeles. This mysterious light wakes up the entire neighbourhood and proceeds to 'pull in' humans and abducts them. There is a flashback scene before the alien landing which was quite literally meaningless. There are also scenes which reminds me of Independence Day (Will Smith was cool!).

After that, it's just fast-paced adrenalin all the way until the end. Of course, there's the usual gory deaths and emotional moments. Definitely not recommended for children to watch due to the aliens' 'human meals' scene. And ya, there are some pretty ladies including Scottie Thompson and Crystal Reed.

 

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Some of the stars in the movie include Eric Balfour, Donald Faison and Scottie Thompson

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Overall, I would say the movie rated a 6 out of 10 in my to-watch list :)

 


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