The Fifth Estate

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg team up to become underground watchdogs of the very powerful. They create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data. 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, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten


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Mar 27, 2015
  • nycounsel rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A decent enough movie, kept me engaged. Not sure what elements are fact or fiction - it's based enough on the real life story that it's easy to blur lines so, depending on the viewer, runs the risk as coming off as a factual account.

Jan 30, 2015
  • Avid_Reader2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Good movie but mostly fiction. The only facts are Daniel Berg did work for WL (but did not create it); JA did get The Guardian, Le Monde and Dier Speigel to print some of his released docs; JA did meet the Icelandic MP and she volunteered for WL; and he is held up at the Ecuador Embassy in London. Otherwise, it's a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, fantastic visual effects fiction movie. Enjoyed it very much. P.S. It is based on three people who wrote two books bashing JA (one a former disgruntled employee and two Guardian journalists who didn't like that JA released some docs unredacted).

Nov 26, 2014
  • Scaltro rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting. well done

Oct 27, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For me this film was valuable and interesting,.. since it made me realize that I'd been vastly 'under-informed' about Wikileaks and all the issues surrounding it !!

...and it actually is 'thrilling' !

Sep 08, 2014

I caught the Assange affair peripherally, didn't read any articles on it while it was happening. The film interprets headlines in thriller form, not documentary. I find it as entertaining as enlightening.

Aug 21, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Update: Again and again, we are told the USA does not want to extradite Assange, and that he is contained presently in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London because the London court OK'd his extradition to Sweden for questioning??? What the so-called news hasn't bothered to tell us is that the very first Swedish federal court judge questioned why extradition to Sweden was even necessary, and he was swiftly replaced by the Swedish government. The very first lord high justice in London at their first extradition trial asked the very same question, and the UK government swiftly replaced him. What no lazy and useless reporter has bothered to tell us is that America and Sweden have a unique extradition treaty [treaty of 1984, supplemental act TIAS 10812] which negates any extradition court proceedings, any request from America and Assange would be immediately transferred to America. Period! Important to understand these processes in the age of Corporate Non-news. The important European personage, Eva Joly, petitioned the Swedish government to give their word that Assange would not be transferred to the USA upon being extradited to Sweden, and the Swedish government adamantly refused!

Aug 20, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A confusing and somewhat dark film, but then Assange is a confusing and somewhat dark character.

Aug 05, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thought I knew all about Wikileaks from reading the news but the film provided new perspectives on the wikileaks mission and moral grounds. Super dramatization of the new age of information from whistle blowers like Assange and Edward Snowden.

Jul 21, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found the film editing interesting, how Assange or Berg perceive things in their mind. Movie does not make Assange out to be a hero, but almost a Citizen Kane type character. Movie is worth watching at least for the historical facts & timeline, if you don't already know them.

Jun 09, 2014

i completely agree with harrybrowne... Assange was and is a hero in my book. And Cumberbatch's monologue in the last scene says it all. It's what i walked away from it learning. "if you tolerate this, your children will be next" We do need to educate ourselves, for ourselves. As far as the rest of the movie.. soso, but getting a message like that out to the masses... priceless. (although i have a severe loathing of Dan Domscheit-Berg....)

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Aug 05, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

From IMDb:

Daniel Berg: These are human beings, Julian. There are lives at stake!

Julian Assange: And what about the lives of the soldiers and the civilians involved in these conflicts? There are squats, unreported civilian casualties, countless incidents of friendly fire - this is information THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW! So the next time you find yourself lecturing me about this organisation, please try to remember, why I created it and why I hired you to help me.

Aug 05, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

From IMDb:

Julian Assange: Man is least himself when he talks with his own person. But if you give him a mask, he will tell you the truth. Two people, and a secret: the beginning of all conspiracies. More people, and, more secrets. But if we could find one moral man, one whistle-blower. Someone willing to expose those secrets, that man can topple the most powerful and most repressive of regimes.

Julian Assange: 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.

May 09, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The word will have a
generation of idiots” ― Albert Einstein

May 09, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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Mar 09, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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