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The Fifth Estate (786936839579)

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  • Bill Condon's thriller THE FIFTH ESTATE charts the creation of WikiLeaks by the ambitious and arguably ethically dubious Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. The movie opens with Assange hiring Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brhl), a fellow tech whiz, to help him keep his new website operational. The site gave whistleblowers an entirely anonymous platform to share classified documents, and soon the pair find themselves in possession of information that will bring down a corrupt bank. As their power and influence grows, they must consider teaming with established media sources, especially when they are sent documents that would reveal ultra-sensitive state secrets from some of the world's most-powerful governments. THE FIFTH ESTATE screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
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  • Credits
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander
  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]he movie belongs to Benedict Cumberbatch. Deploying a commanding presence and an abrasive Aussie drawl, he adds impressively to his gallery..."
    Total Film

    "[A] partial treatise on how traditional media is lagging behind new models of newsgathering."
    USA Today

    "Mr. Cumberbatch brings an intriguingly creepy ambiguity to the role..."
    Wall Street Journal

    "Cumberbatch is a marvel, flaunting a white wig and his own white-hot intensity..."
    Rolling Stone

    "THE FIFTH ESTATE generates a nervous, almost manic version of let's-bring-down-the-kingpins rush of a '70s conspiracy thriller." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "The sometimes feverish editing pace captures that mad rush of adrenaline felt by those who post breaking news online..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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