CelebSecrets4U Movie Review: The Fifth Estate (@5thestatemovie #FifthEstate)

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Hey CelebSecrets4U readers,

We were invited to a special screening of The Fifth Estate! One of our reporters headed out to the Walt Disney Studios Lot to break down what you can expect from DreamWorks’ latest film.

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person, but if you give him a mask, he will tell you the truth.”

The Fifth Estate is a dramatic thriller based on real life events about Julian Assange creating a website called “WikiLeaks.” “WikiLeaks” is where whistleblowers can privately upload information and documents securely. It exposed military and government secrets. Julian and his partner Daniel Domscheit-Berg published news stories that set out the truth without tampering with any of the information. “Truth, Justice, and the American way” was his agenda. His main objective was to set the truth free without harming any people until he gets his hands on military papers that lets his ego get in the way. Julian becomes a villain who cares more about himself than the safety of people.

Julian Assange was portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch‘s appearance was similar to Julian Assage’s. He mastered Assange’s body language. My favorite part of the film was how Cumberbatch brought humor to The Fifth Estate. He was both a genius and a nutcase, so it is hard to decide whether you love him or hate him. Unfortunately, the film does not necessary focus on Assange’s life. Throughout the film, The Fifth Estate gradually turns into Daniel’s story. The spectator is introduced to Daniel’s mind as to how he envisions “WikiLeaks” in real life. In my opinion, the director did a beautiful job portraying this metaphor. The ending makes you wonder–who in reality is the hero and who is the traitor?

The Fifth Estate has is full of drama, real life events, and history . The Fifth Estate can be classified as an “okay version” of The Social Network. However, every single actor in the film gave an outstanding performance, which is what made it better than it actually was. The Fifth Estate became slow and lost steam towards the middle, but the ending was satisfying. The film was full of information and it was interesting to see how much damage one person can do with a computer. FYI: If you are not paying close attention, you might miss something important. It is one of those movies that you need to watch more than once to completely understand and grasp.

Don’t forget: The Fifth Estate is NOW PLAYING in theaters nationwide!

Photo: Walt Disney Studios