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

The Fifth Estate

Product Details

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 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

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Trisha Allison on 31 Oct 2014
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I thought the direction was very good, that the digital representations were very filmic (ie not like the real thing but symbolically like it; and so resonates with the viewer) that the storyline was interesting and not at all difficult to follow (have those who disagree seen Vanilla Sky?) and as for truth, anyone who expects literal truth in a movie is past praying for (have you seen Brave Heart?) The acting was compelling throughout from the entire cast - and you don't get that without great direction. The shape, the spine, the construction, all beautiful "the art that hides art" - you only get that with great direction. The script was stunningly economical, putting across compellingly a complex multi-faceted story with a hundred back stories and yet every scene drives the plot forward and every character stays true to their voice and it's all smooth and all the fore-shadowing nicely in place and even the exposition is neatly done - exquisite writing. Y'know, I don't like this kind of film as a rule, but I really liked The Fifth Estate. First time I've seen the work of this director and this writer - off to hunt for more of it!
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9 of 10 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 lawrence_of_london on 1 July 2014
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A dramatised documentary with emphasis on the drama. The acting was good but the camera work made my head spin and too much loud music to add to the excitement. You don't need all that if the story's worth telling. I gave up half way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KB206gti on 11 Oct 2014
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Along the lines of similar films like 'The Social Network' you would think that the film would be all about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, yet it spends equal time on the involvement of the early collaborator Daniel Domscheit-Berg played by Daniel Brühl. The story follows the growth and influence of the Wikileaks site through its most significant releases and the resulting consequences. Cumberbatch's portrayal of Assange is compelling and totally believable. The pace never lags and actually manages to build some tension, a really good film that I found quite enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Lane on 13 May 2014
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Good story and a very interesting story line. It is a pity the actors mumbled so much. I am not hard of hearing but I needed to put on the subtitles to understand what was beeingsaid
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr C W Burrows on 18 Oct 2014
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This film didn't grab me.Over two hours and doesn't really off a great deal artistically on top of everything we already heard in the media about all this. In fact the media coverage was more exciting/dramatic. Also, the film focuses on Assange's personality which gets boring after half an hour. Cumberbatch is pretty cool as usual though.
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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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