The Fifth Estate 2013 CC

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A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

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2 hours, 8 minutes

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The Fifth Estate

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Bill Condon
Studio e1
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
"While the film has been receiving a lot of bad press for its contrived storyline and execution, poor direction, absymal box office record (only $3m in the United States to date) and Julian Assange himself not approving of the script claiming it as fabricated, The Fifth Estate, which is technically a film about Daniel Berg's viewpoint about the rise and sort-of fall of Wikileaks was surprisingly genuine, intense, philosophical, and appropriately complex yet it is no masterpiece and it is not an easy watch.

For starters, the performances all are promising and the increasingly famous Benedict Cumberbatch has performed brilliantly as Assange mimicking much of his accent and his bizarre and witty mannerisms. Daniel Bruhl's character as Berg is humanising and serves as a good counterpoint to Assange's might including surprisingly good performances from f***ing Malcolm Tucker (I mean,...Peter Capaldi) and Carice van Houten. The film works on many levels by presenting a multi-perspective story with plenty of locales, events, and characters present that sometimes it is hard to keep up but the element of immediacy and danger within the scandals, political turmoil, and questionable journalism/press-related activities all make for intriguing and intellectually stimulating viewing yet the idea that some of the actualities are hindered by docudrama or uncertain remove some of its excellence here.

This is reminiscent of the trendy topical films that have come out like The Social Network and State of Play, films where technology is the core centre of the narratives.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Pawaroo on 24 April 2014
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I adore Benedict Cumberbatch but this film had many equally brilliant performance. a very ethical film which reflected on how we all loose sight, it explore perspective like no movie before. Definitely for smarter watching though all audiences would enjoy it. this was one of those perfectly balanced films with stunning and relatable script it left me interested in the true story and really makes you question the world around you. it was an epic because the villains and heroes overlapped because they were REAL 3D PEOPLE. some good humour to add to the mix finished off this easily recommendable production
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 April 2014
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The film focuses upon the setting up of the Wikileaks web site. Despite my fears I found it even handed in its dealing with the principle characters and it left me to decide whether Assange was truly a visionary or a misguided man.
Benedict Cumberbatch was excellent and the outstanding performance in a strong cast. I believe that this film deserved greater appreciation and a more thoughtful response. It is not a blockbuster full of action but a film that invites debate and thought and puts the onus on the viewer to decide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Excellent film about the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his obsession with exposing all corruption whether it be government or corporate. The filming is brilliant in the way it exposes him as a disturbed and damaged individual bent on revenge and not willing to stop in his pursuit of justice but it also shows that there are secrets that should not be told if you want any sort of stability in the world. It's all very well exposing corrupt business men and large corporations but when you start giving away government secrets and revealing the identities of covert agents then you're skating on very thin ice and are likely to do more harm than good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Cameron on 15 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
In it's favour, Benedict Cumberbatch was very good as Assange, however, the film was more like a documentary and very slow to get going. Interested enough story to watch it to the end, but could have been a lot better, perhaps with a different Director? All in all, disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2014
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This based on fairly recent events, the story of the 'Winileaks' revelations.
'Julian Assange' (Benedict Cumberbatch) 'Sherlock' ...and computer hacker 'Daniel
Berg' (Daniel Br'uhl) 'Rush' team up to release sensitive material that they believe
the world at large should know.
The leaked information tied the authorities and businesses up in knots with no idea
how to prevent the exposures.
Global support grows for their activity, the stakes are raised, they have rattled the
cage of the U.S. intelligence agencies.
Are lives being put at risk by the revelations ?
'Wilileaks' reveal fraud, military and political secrets along with human rights violations,
and much much more.
They certainly stirred up a hornets nest that authorities seemed powerless to close
down.
World-wide agencies are trying to trace the sources of the released information.
'Daniel' believes that his hacking activities cannot be identified by the many authorities
trying to catch them.
They made 'whistle-blowing' an art-form.
An intense and absorbing in fact 'mind-blowing' story, the film will almost certainly pull
you in from start to finish.
This could not happen.......but did.
Great performance from 'Benedict Cumberbach'
A MUST SEE.
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