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Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. THE FIFTH ESTATE 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. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: "what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society -- and what are the costs of exposing them?"
Drama - This talky drama based on the WikiLeaks scandal is a big acting
showcase for star Benedict Cumberbatch. Co-star Daniel Bruhl also has
a fair amount of screen time but not as showy a part. The most
familiar faces, Anthony Mackie, Laura Linney, and Stanley Tucci, have
fairly small parts. Language and adult subject matter make the film
inappropriate for kids, who would not be interested anyway.
PROFANITY: 7 F-words; 13 S-words; 3 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief clothed sensuality; a nude drawing VIOLENCE: Some bloody shootings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and frequent alcohol. ACTION: Some explosion footage. COMEDY: Some comic lines.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 'The Fifth Estate' seems more interested in contributing to a cult of personality, rather than cultivating a serious debate.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average The film focuses on the work of underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful, but it feels patchy and only partially informative.
Washington PostFull Review Average At its best, the film works as a serious showcase for its capable star, the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who delivers an eerily on-point portrayal of the enigmatic central character.
NY PostFull Review Poor The entire movie is a case of a script telling us very obvious, Nightly News-level points it ought to instead be showing.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 11 moviegoers:
This movie did terrible its opening weekend at our theaters. Almost no one showed up at several screenings.
TEENS: The one male loved "The Fifth Estate."
ADULTS:Half the males and females loved "The Fifth Estate." The other females all rated it above average as did most of the males. Only one male rated it "Good/Average."