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The Fifth Estate (2013)

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Released:  Friday, October 18, 2013  
Length:  128 minutes
Studio: DreamWorks Studios
Genre: Drama
Rating: The Fifth Estate is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaUnder 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

The Fifth Estate Synopsis

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. 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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Physical Media: Blu-ray Review
The Fifth Estate suffers with scattershot direction, slippery scripting and hit or miss casting, with Cumberbatch doing his best but succumbing to a mediocre screenplay and Condon's wishy washy vision.
Full Review | Grade: B

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  • 7/17/2013 5:33 PM EST

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