The Fifth Estate 2013

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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.

Runtime:
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
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

3.8 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Pawaroo on 24 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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"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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
Since the business of online leaking is in fact quite dry and technically beyond most of us, the film attempts to divert the audience with flashing computer screens of mumbo-jumbo and noisy gatherings of uncertain purpose while flitting frenetically between capitals to show the international scope of Assange's operation.

The "hero" and central figure in terms of viewpoint is not Assange but his former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Drawing heavily on the latter's recent book, the film traces the course of his gradual alienation from admiration to bitter disenchantment over what is portrayed as Assange's capricious arrogance and narcissistic desire to control everything. The last straw for Domscheit-Berg seems to have been Assange's alleged cavalier attitude to protecting the anonymity and therefore safety of sources, to the extent of lying to obtain his agreement for the release of data to selected newspapers, but this important point is presented in too rushed a way for me to judge the justice of the charge.

I was left unsure what to believe and uneasy as to the truth and fairness of some of the attacks on Assange. For instance, he is portrayed as "borderline autistic" and psychologically damaged by childhood experiences, but how soundly based is this analysis? Although Benedict Cumberbatch puts in a compelling performance as Assange, and heads up a strong cast including David Thelwis, Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci and even Peter Capaldi (as a somewhat miscast Alan Rusbridger since it is impossible not to keep thinking of "The Thick of It" Malcolm Tucker) the actors seemed let down by the disjointed script and at times clumsy direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 2 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Everything someone thinks it is interesting they evaluate if it would make a good movie. In this case it was Daniel Domscheit-Berg that wrote the book "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website." A history of WikiLeaks and the impact it has had on the world consciousness. As most good we start at the beginning.

I am impressed that the film was able to wrangle in some fair actors quit a few too many to mention in this review. There is no way to tell between what is the real story and what is manufactured to create what is supposed to look like a documentary. Are we also to believe the parallel stories of tensions between the top leakers or the love story between office coworkers or anything thrown in to make a more than one-dimensional presentation?

The presentation includes lots of loud background music that mostly to represent time passing. There are lots of old camera tricks like circling the subject. Scenes were tossed in as metaphors. I watched the Blu-ray version which helped with the aesthetics but probably did not contribute anything to the story. The extras on the DVD try it justify the sea realistic metaphor scenes. There is a section "Scoring Secrets" on how to make background noise.

"No One Can Bar the Road to Truth" Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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