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Monday, October 21, 2013

The Fifth Estate- Worst Opening of 2013... But I Still Gave it 3 ½ Stars


Intelligent thrilling and dramatic. The Fifth Estate is based on real events of the rise of wikileaks, its founder Julian Assange, and its quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

The boxoffice results goes to show you that you can’t trust what happens at the boxoffice you need to see the movie yourself or trust reviews from people you know (www.yourmediaworld.com). The movie is entertaining, dramatic and thrilling. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the super intelligent, egomaniac, and slightly crazy Julian Assange and does an amazing job. Which should be no surprise since he is practiced at being an arrogant intelligent a$$hole from his role as Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock and Khan in Star Trek. The supporting cast is nothing to sneeze at Laura Linney, David Thewlis, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci, who I think is highly underrated, and Daniel Bruhl, who did a great job, round out a well cast movie.


I admit you have to be in the right state of mind to see this movie. It’s not something I would say you go to on a whim while it is entertaining and thrilling it is also a thinking movie. You find yourself asking what would you do in the same situation? And thinking about the amount of information that is available today how do we handle it? Its obvious from this movie no one knows how. But if you are in the right frame of mind I think you will really enjoy this movie.

If you didn’t know anything about wikileaks it is amazing what they did with essentially a 2-man crew. Here is a quick recap of what wikileaks has done and what you will see in the movie.  Some of the early exposures they shared included documentation of equipment expenditures and holdings in the Afghanistan war and corruption in Kenya. The major release in November 2010, WikiLeaks collaborated with major global media organizations to release U.S. State department diplomatic "cables" in redacted format. That release lead to a European arrest warrant for Assangne causing him to reside in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has since been granted diplomatic asylum.  Crazy right? (BTW for those of you who didn’t know the website WikiLeaks, is not in any way affiliated with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation. It is an entirely separate website run by people who have no connection to Wikimedia.)


This movie is loosely based on the book by Assange’s partner, whom Assange vehemently denies and disavows his book of any truth. For roughly a year, Assange has been actively protesting against The Fifth Estate. He directly pleaded with Benedict Cumberbatch not to play him in the movie. Then last month, WikiLeaks released a version of the entire script, along with a detailed manifesto explicating all the perceived errors in the film. And then finally last week, Assange gave a rare interview with the Hollywood Foreign Press in which he predicted The Fifth Estate “is destined to be a box-office failure.” Guess he was right....


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