Friday, October 18, 2013

The Fifth Estate


Often times it's the movies that move at the fastest pace that tend to put me to sleep.  And Daniel Bruhl has the distinct honor of being in two of them, both released in the last month: 'Rush' and now 'The Fifth Estate'.

The ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, and Bruhl plays his colleague Daniel Berg.  And together these two tech geniuses create a site where secrets can be shared with no threat that the whistleblowers' identities will be revealed.  It's a fascinating story in recent American history that has polarizing viewpoints.  And, in case there's anyone still unconvinced, it proves that that Benedict Cumberbatch can really act.  And yet, I found it hard to pay attention to.  It moves at such a fast pace that a lot of the key elements went right over my head.  Surprisingly, I preferred the documentary that came out earlier this year, 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks'.  Generally I love a good narrative film based on a tech based true story (e.g. 'The Social Network' and 'Jobs') but in this case the story is much easier to follow and consequently much more enjoyable in documentary form.

Grade: C

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