The Fifth Estate is an upcoming thriller film that revolves around the news-leaking site: Wikileaks. This new film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, Wikileaks editor-in-chief and founder while Daniel Bruhl will play as the former spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The Fifth Estate is based on real events and the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that resulted to an Internet upstart. This film will be shown in theaters on October 18th 2013. The Fifth Estate opened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, check what critics have to say about this new film below:
“First Look at The Fifth Estate
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Laura Linney, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Anthony Mackie, Dan Stevens, Alexander Siddig
The Fifth Estate opens this year’s Toronto Film Festival with a credits montage of news-gathering across the millennia of human civilisation; it ends, as it must, with WikiLeaks. Bill Condon’s film aims to do with Julian Assange and his ironically opaque transparency mission something like what David Fincher’s The Social Network did for Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
At times, this debt is so obvious that the movie’s style feels second-hand: an overeager, slightly shop-worn bombardment of finger-on-the-pulse pop-out graphics, representing the giddy proliferation of voices in the misinformation age by simply filling the screen with text.
Handily, though, it has a real ace to play when Assange himself pulls focus, which is often. Benedict Cumberbatch is inspiredly cast, serving up a technically ingenious performance which may be his juiciest ever. Where a lot of biopics (this isn’t one, really) content themselves with either passable impersonation or a kind of party-trick caricature, he seizes the chance to show us both an instantly recognisable Assange and a psychologically detailed one.
The voice is richly perfect, not just nailing Assange’s droning accent but his tongue-lolling, wet delivery to a tee. An explosion of sweary in-flight rage when he’s hammering at his laptop drenches the seat in front with spit, in just one of countless moments where he’s shown losing his barely existent cool.
Assange’s arrogant conviction about the steps he’s taking for mankind is certainly a gift to the actor, but Cumberbatch gives us other gifts back: he makes the role a feast of delusional certainty, with paranoid demons nibbling at it from all sides.
Josh Singer’s script begins and ends, more or less, with the co-ordinated rollout of leaked files via the Guardian, New York Times and Der Spiegel, following Bradley Manning’s now-notorious “data dump” — all material covered extensively in Alex Gibney’s recent documentary We Steal Secrets.
This is Assange’s career-defining triumph and also his greatest moment of hubris, after he refused to honour an agreement to redact names of sources when it was his own turn to publish. There’s a lot of back-and-forth on this point between Assange and his one-time lieutenant Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), whom the film clearly decides is the Eduardo Saverin to Assange’s Zuckerberg — a sane sounding-board for his ideals who underestimates the sheer megalomania of the man in front of him.”
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