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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:
Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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

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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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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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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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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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