The Fifth Estate (2013)
A dramatic thriller based on real events that 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 Fifth Estate runs along the same vein as The Social Network, about a real life computer wiz, only this time instead of Zuckerberg we have Julian Assange who created WikiLeaks.
If you do not know who Julian Assange is, then you are not alone, and probably why not many people have seen or heard of this film. It wasn’t as big of a public interest story as a lot of other things that have hit the news, but it is still an important story – especially in this day and age. The film also didn’t have many well known actors to attract the mainstream North American audience, instead opting for a mostly European cast. And they really couldn’t be better. Benedict Cumberbath and his portrayal of Julian Assange is the best part of the film. Cumberbatch’s star is quickly rising and he has lent his talent to more and more popular and award winning films, just within the last year alone. War Horse, August-Osage County, Twelve Years A Slave, Star Trek Into Darkness and I am sure we will be seeing him in more and more big pictures to come.
The film also stars Daniel Brühl, whom is nominated for an Academy Award for his work in Rush and also does a good job here.
The Fifth Estate, though not as good as The Social Network, is still worth a watch. The film is loosely based on the book “Inside WikiLeaks” by Daniel berg and uses real life examples as key points to narrate the story. Truth and technology are inexorably intertwined because the medium is the message. The Fifth Estate provides another layer where instead of a lecture on journalism and reporting in the digital age, we get a fun, flashy picture that makes us want to consider our sources.
FAIR | 6/10
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