Trailer for Facebook film ‘The Social Network’ is out

16 Jul 2010

Any doubts you had that the forthcoming movie ‘The Social Network’ had anything to do with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be well and truly dashed if the trailer for the October film is anything to go by.

In fact, they should probably have stuck with the working title ‘Facebook: The Movie’ it is so blatantly the story of Zuckerberg.

To the strains of an orchestral version of Radiohead song ‘Creep’, the trailer begins by summing up the global social-networking phenomenon that is Facebook and the impact it has on people and their willingness to divulge so much about themselves online.

The tagline for the movie is: “You don’t make 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”

It then enters into the insane and heady beginnings of the world’s most-visited website and the legal wrangling over who really created the social network.

The trailer doesn’t present Zuckerberg in the most positive light; he seems to begin quite weak and easily led, dreaming of being popular, part of the “in” crowd.

But as the social network grows, a more ruthless and stubborn character appears to emerge, including an infamous comment to an incredulous Harvard board that doesn’t understand: “which part?”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years