Spins Its Wheels, Doesn't Go Far

By MedRed
Written October 19, 2013
The Fifth Estate is a very confused movie. It can't figure out if it wants to be a techy, hacker film, a romantic drama, a thriller, or a documentary. I found the first hour slow and sloppy. It wasn't until the last 30 minutes I felt any connection with the movie at all, and that fleeting feeling was over before the movie ended. I spent most of the +2 hour run time waiting for something to happen. The acting is very good, but all of the actors feel as if they are hemmed in by the material they have to work with. The Fifth Estate tries too hard to make the Wikileaks story into a sexy movie. It doesn't work. It's not a bad movie, but not worth going to the movies for. There's nothing during or after the credits If you like my reviews, add me as a fan. I'll add you back.
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The next estate

By everyweek60706
Written October 21, 2013
Two hours of hackers exposing spies and diplomats. It was hard to deny Wikileaks impact on world history last year, but now the Arab Spring seems to be going nowhere good. The characters in this story of the founding of Wikileaks see great drama in exposing underhanded dealings and covert operations, but it's hard to see how they are any different. The East is a better movie in a similar vein.
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Actually had my pulse pounding, and made me think.

By eliseatthemovies
Written October 19, 2013
This was a good, thoughtful thriller which definitely kept me riveted, and also raised lots of questions about the ethics of truth-telling in the digital age. Benedict Cumberbatch was amazing.
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Fifth Estate

By globalreach
Written October 20, 2013
An interesting movie for a select audience. Though titled Fifth Estate, it is not beyond the realms, and realistic in the Information Era. It would seem that Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a man whose idea had come and would not spare any innocents to meet his ideal - not unlike robber barons in the Industrial Era - just a man whose ideals got the better of him at others' expense. This movie is akin to movies such as The Social Network and Argo; an excellent cast. Yet the storyline is more difficult to follow - so make sure you know the story before you see the movie.
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The Fifth Estate

By wgm
Written October 20, 2013
The Fifth Estate is extremely powerful, brilliantly acted, very well written and definitely bound for some Oscar Nominations. Very realistic, even though the real Julian Assange would not meet with the lead actor in this movie.
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