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THE FIFTH ESTATE

 
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At Theaters: 10/18/2013 On Video: 1/28/2014
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 4 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600198
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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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?"
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Benedict Cumberbatch STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, THE HOBBIT
Daniel Bruhl RUSH, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Anthony Mackie RUNNER RUNNER, PAIN & GAIN
Stanley Tucci THE HUNGER GAMES, THE LOVELY BONES
Laura Linney HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, TV series THE BIG C
Director: Bill Condon DREAMGIRLS, KINSEY
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Production Notes Heading
The Debate of Our Times
Chasing a Story in Progress
The Renegade: Julian Assange
The Breakaway: Daniel Domscheit-Berg
A Global Response: Supporting Cast
Shooting on the Run
Visualizing Information: The Submission Platform
Timeline of WikiLeaks Highlights
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Content Heading
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.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Average 'The Fifth Estate' seems more interested in contributing to a cult of personality, rather than cultivating a serious debate.

USA Today Full 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.

Entertainment Weekly Full 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 Post Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 11 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
1
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
6
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
4
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: None
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."

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