A computer nerd and his girlfriend are sharing a table in a busy bar. He has an opportunity to discuss just about anything with her — the way the evening has gone, past dates, future dates, sex. But instead, after the conversation has swung around to their respective colleges — he goes to Harvard, she goes to Brown — he begins talking about… the collective IQ of the population of China. Things get worse, she calls him an asshole, they break up, and he hightails it back to his dorm.
his billion dollar idea, “The Social Network”.
Zuckerberg is played with total commitment by Jesse Eisenberg. With his mouth twisted into a kind of perma-frown and his eyebrows forever knitted together as though he can’t believe what his intellectual inferiors are doing to him, the kid speaks fast, and thinks faster — part of the problem is that his mind, which speeds along like a Formula One race car, can barely control what comes out of his mouth — and strings together words and concepts so willy-nilly, he might as well be communicating in a foreign language. He never laughs; he hardly even smiles. He is single-minded to a fault — it’s just one of his many flaws — and as Eisenberg plays him, you get the feeling that laughing, and having a good time, is not at the top of his list of priorities.
Armie Hammer stands out, too, as the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler (actor Josh Pence also had a hand in playing the twins; don’t ask — it’s complicated), the wealthy Harvard undergrads who eventually sic the family lawyer on Zuckerberg in an effort to pry away a chunk of his fortune.