Movie Stars: WikiLeaks makes it to the big screen
There have been many advances in technology and how we send and receive information, one of them being the social networking site, Facebook.
The story of the origins of Facebook was sent to the big screen in 2010 with “The Social Network,” though Hollywood took creative liberties with some of the story.
But, the story of another website that had many people talking about how much information should be published and what kind of privacy we should expect is now playing.
“The Fifth Estate” is about the news website WikiLeaks founded by Julian Assange and its spokesperson Daniel Berg. The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney.
Daniel Berg (Bruhl) joins forces with Julian Assange (Cumberbatch) to report the news they believe everyone should know. Not long after they start working together they realize that releasing information without some expectation of privacy comes with a price. They have to deal with obstacles in every aspect of their life if they want to get the big story.
One way or another, this movie will have people talking. Despite excellent performances from the cast, the film suffers from pacing that is difficult to follow. Also, it is hard to fully understand what is going on in certain scenes.
On the bright side, it does not take sides and leaves it up to the viewer to decide who was right and who was wrong. It will not win any Oscars, but it is a riveting and provocative movie. This is the kind of film that will make you think.
I give “The Fifth Estate” six out of 10.