• The Fifth Estate (2013)

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The Fifth Estate

Release Date: October 18th, 2013

DVD Release Date: January 28th, 2014

R |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and a colleague, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), join forces to become watchdogs over actions of the privileged and powerful. Despite scant resources, they are able to create a platform for whistle-blowers to leak covert data anonymously, thereby exposing government secrets and corporate crimes. However, a major battle erupts when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest cache of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history.

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander, Carice van Houten, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney

Director: Bill Condon

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Production Co: Anonymous Content

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG

Keywords: Brash, 2010s, Pursuit, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 58
    Jordan HoffmanFilm.com

    For a film that reminds use over and over that this is a whole new world, this movie feels awfully familiar. show more

  • 50
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    The most compelling thing here by far is the film's vision of Assange, by all accounts a man of enormous self-regard and slippery ethics. Benedict Cumberbatch has the character in hand from the start. show more

  • 65
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    As The Fifth Estate excitedly illustrates, in the Internet age no one can ever really have the last word. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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