The Fifth Estate – review

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” -Oscar Wilde. This is the premise behind the movie The Fifth Estate. The fifth estate is directed by Bill Cordon and includes actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruh, and Carice Van Houten

. This movie is about the creator of wikileaks, Julian Assange. Julian Assange joins up with Daniel, a young man who would like to join Julian in his journeys to deliver the truth. As the website begins releasing secrets things get complicated. Information can be dangerous, especially when one of the biggest secrets falls into their hands.



The movie is very thought provoking. It keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will be revealed next. One of the things that I found interesting is that it makes you think about who is the good guy in the story. If the information is released people’s lives are at risk but if the information is left alone the goal of the site is not reached.



The script for this movie was very well written and the acting was fantastic. The camera work was good, they did a great job of switching back and forth between places. A few of the terms were hard to follow due to them being tech terms. Everything was easy to follow up until the last bit where the government got involved then it became harder to follow but they link it all back together in the end.

I give this movie 4 ½ out of 5 stars. I would recommend this movie for anyone looking for something different. You will walk away amazed by the story behind wikileaks.

Allyssa Bodily 10.18.13

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