Written October 24, 2014
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
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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.
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.
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.
Written October 23, 2013
An intelligent movie. Not an obvious topic for a film but it held my attention throughout. This was partly due to the acting which was great. No bang-bangs, but the action was quite tense at times. I left the theater deep in thought. That makes it a 'go' movie for me.