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Fifth Estate

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  • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Br-hl, Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie
  • Directors: Bill Condon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2014
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GN13CLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Submission Platform -- Enter The Room Where The Secrets Are Kept And See It Come To Life, From First Inspiration, through Filming And Beyond

Editorial Reviews

Based on true events, this fast-paced global thriller takes you behind the shocking headlines. It reveals the mission of WikiLeaks' rebel founder (Benedict Cumberbatch) to expose fraud and corruption to the world. With an all-star cast including Laura Linney and Stanley Tucci -- and complete with exclusive never-before-seen bonus material -- THE FIFTH ESTATE is a riveting story of intrigue and espionage.

Customer Reviews

Wikileaks was the result but the journey to get there was tortuous for the people like Assange and his followers.
Dr. F. Sisti
CONS: Singer's screenplay, while structured well, just doesn't give us enough insight into Assange's incredible character other than through exposition.
Anthony L.
If you actually know and like Wikileaks you might like this movie otherwise save your money and just redbox, or just don't waste you time at all.

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Anthony L. TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 30, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
In light of it's mixed critical response and box office failure, I avoided THE FIFTH ESTATE for a long time. More fool me. Having seen the film with an open mind, I now have no idea why the film was viewed so negatively. Was it because critics did not agree with Assange as a person? Did they feel the film didn't give enough insight into Wikileaks? Did they have a problem with the pacing? I don't know.

Right from the opening scene - a hugely ambitious montage of human knowledge through the ages, The Fifth Estate establishes itself as stylish and riveting. Benedict Cumberbatch hits the nail home as Julian Assange! His crazy Aussie cyber-punk bent on transparency and informational freedom is in many ways his most mature, compelling performance. Daniel Bruhl is the human centre of the film, giving a relatable, conflicted performance of depth and subtlety. The outstanding cast is rounded off by an excellent David Thewlis, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, future-Doctor Peter Capaldi, and an entertaining Laura Linney and Stanley Tucci. When the screenplay gets wonky, Condon's cast brings home the message like a hammer.

Equally impressive is Tobias Schliessler's rich and vibrant neo-noir visuals. Coupled with the fantastic Carter Burwell's score, we have a film that is technically adept AND terrifically acted. Now we come to the screenplay, and this is where I have to disagree with the critics. It is tremendously hard to write a screenplay on WikiLeaks that has a satisfying conclusion, especially considering how the story of Assange and WikiLeaks is ongoing and actually rather anticlimactic.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By L. Mauk on November 2, 2013
Format: DVD
First - this movie is worth the price just to watch Benedict Cumberbatch deliver this extraordinary performance. The scene at Domscheit-Berg's parent's house alone should garner him a nomination. Second - it's actually quite a good picture with a flawed opening that presumes the audience is already quite familiar with Wikileaks and the story. Most Americans aren't that familiar and so, we are a bit lost at first.

It's true that the original intention was to do a hatchet job on Assange. As most know who followed the film's progress, Cumberbatch refused and that's reflected in the picture. But whatever BS they tried to get away with, it's totally worth the price for what it does deliver: information most Americans don't have. Our government tried to ban access to the Wikileaks, they seized the site. How and why that happened is pretty interesting. As Assange says "This is information the world needs to know." It does. Don't let naysayers put you off. Don't miss this.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mind dancer on February 21, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Most of the reviews for this film were strongly negative, although they did give praise to the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. I saw this film in the theater and loved it. Yes, you need to actually pay attention to what is going on - you need to engage your brain to follow the plot. If you do, you will be rewarded with an interesting and discussion provoking look at a situation that warrants our consideration. You will also be able to experience a formidable actor portraying, beautifully and deeply, one of the most controversial and provocative figures of our time.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Danusha V. Goska on October 20, 2013
Format: DVD
Everyone seems to be mad at this movie because everyone who talks about it comes to it with a strong opinion about Julian Assange, and they wanted the film to depict him as a savior or a monster. I didn't have those preconceptions and I enjoyed the film from the opening title sequence. That sequence depicts hands carving hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt, illuminated manuscripts, the first printing press, newspapers, computers - the myriad ways humans communicate. It's a title sequence Frank Capra would love.

I found "The Fifth Estate" intriguing, fun, and moving. Benedict Cumberbatch is very good as Assange. The movie wants you to be impressed by him at first, but slowly to see his feet of clay, and Cumberbatch does that job. Daniel Bruhl plays Daniel Domscheit Berg, Assange's partner. Bruhl expresses disappointed hero worship very well. Assange is invited to Berg's home for dinner, and he disrespects Berg's polite parents. That intimate, believable scene makes you hate Assange in a way that his secret-releasing shenanigans might not.

"The Fifth Estate" struggles, as all computer-related films do, to depict life on a computer. It creates a fake office with the sky as ceiling where Assange's "volunteers" work. Assange describes his submission process at Wikileaks and pages appear onscreen. These visual flourishes are fun.

The movie is interesting and fast-moving but not very deep. There are very big questions at play here and "The Fifth Estate" does not engage them deeply. Laura Linney plays Sarah, an American agent whose contact, Tarek, is endangered by Assange's revelations. There is some tension as Tarek flees Libya. Will he get out before Assange outs him, or will he and his family be captured and perhaps tortured by their oppressive government?
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