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The Fifth Estate (2013)

The Fifth Estate

Overview


Genre

Drama, Thriller

Release Date

October 18, 2013

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

124 min.

Studio

Walt Disney Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Bill Condon

Producer

Steve Golin, Michael Sugar

Screenwriter

Josh Singer

Starring

Story


Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, "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 (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) 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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Benedict Cumberbatch
2013 Toronto International Film Festival - The Fifth Estate Premiere - Arrivals
Sep 05, 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch
2013 Toronto International Film Festival - The Fifth Estate Premiere - Arrivals
Sep 05, 2013

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..there is something a little too pat about this narrative, and about the more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger spirit in which it is offered..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
“..the Fifth Estate, Bill Condon's feverishly edgy and exciting drama about the events surrounding WikiLeaks and its infamous founder..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..it's adequate and often fun, but no match for Cumberbatch's talents: physically..”
by Dave Calhoun [Time Out]