The Fifth Estate (2013)


“If you want the truth, no one is going to tell you the truth, they’re going to tell you their version. So if you want the truth, you have to seek it out for yourself. In fact that’s where power lies, in your willingness to look beyond this story, any story. And as long as you keep searching, you are dangerous to them. That’s what they’re afraid of: you. It’s all about you. And a little bit about me too.” – Julian Assange

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jul 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Based on how WikiLeaks got started and the internal battle waged in order to get the information out.

My Take on it – This is a film that I was pretty excited to watch since it’s subject matter is basically all about the way the information age has evolved over the past few years.

Unfortunately, it just isn’t as good as it could have been.

Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl both do adequate jobs here, but the characters are actually too distracting here from the overall message.

They should have allowed the story to focus more heavily on the importance of information in this age and how it should be used for good and unfortunately for bad.

Unfortunately, this film instead focuses too much on the idiosyncrasies of the characters which becomes far too distracting as the film moves along.

This is all quite unfortunate since they had the opportunity to give everyone a very engaging film all about the importance of the information age and mucked it up.

Bottom Line – Not as good as I would have hoped. Cumberbatch and Bruhl both do a fine job here, but the characters make the story itself too distracting.  The main point of this kind of film is the importance of the story its trying to tell and not the idiosyncrasies of the characters themselves.  The idea that information is power and that it should be available to everyone is a great premise for this kind of film but it just isn’t presented well enough here to be engaging throughout.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Julian Assange emailed Benedict Cumberbatch to ask him to not to participate in the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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