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The Fifth Estate 2013

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A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.

Starring:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Alicia Vikander
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Daniel Brühl, David Thewlis, Carice van Houten, Stanley Tucci
Director Bill Condon
Genres Thriller, Drama
Studio Entertainment One
Rental release 17 February 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Daniel Brühl, David Thewlis, Carice van Houten, Stanley Tucci
Director Bill Condon
Genres Thriller, Drama
Studio E1 Entertainment
Rental release 17 February 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English

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3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' 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.
Special features:-
* The submission platform.
* In-Camera Graphics.
* Scoring Secrets.
* Trailers.
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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 15 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 K. G. A. Alavi on 13 April 2015
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This is good movie based on real events. It is based on the creation of the Wikileaks website and relationship of its 2 founding fathers. Julian Assange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Berg, Daniel Br'uhl. As the site becomes more recognised, and prominent so do these two. This movie is slightly biased towards Daniel Berg. He is shown as the young brilliant hacker activist, drawn into the charismatic site founder Julian Assange.

The strong points of the movie are, as with anything staring Benedict Cumberbatch, the acting is top notch, and the story is powerful and realistic. The movie put me as a viewer thinking about ethical questions and situations that journalists' and the media need to answer every day. How much information should be released to the public, is the whole story being told and most prominently is it right to publish the story if it is going to hurt many innocent people. The big name newspapers journalists' were perceived as lazy sell-outs more worried about money, retribution and being sued, but above all with their own agendas. The movie definitely shows the power of the media and Wikileaks in particular toppling billion $$ banks, or changing voter opinions. Then it does answer the question how much should you trust the man at the top sending out the information?
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