Excerpt: Benedict Cumberbatch makes such a fascinating Julian Assange that it only focuses attention on the problems with Bill Condon’s portrait of Assange, WikiLeaks and the Bradley Manning revelations.
Excerpt: I suspect that the story of how “Papa” John Schnatter founded the popular chain in 1983 in a broom closet in the back of his father’s Indiana tavern would make a more fascinating film than this.
Excerpt: The Fifth Estate plays like three different stylistic takes on WikiLeaks greatest hits, with seemingly important secondary characters (Moritz Bleibtreu, “Run Lola Run,” as WikiLeaks server/security guru Marcus) lost in the shuffle.
Excerpt: A wide audience for a film like The Fifth Estate may be a good thing, especially if it enrages and leads to further reading. As likely as this may or may not be, the fact remains that, The Fifth Estate is just not angry enough.
Excerpt: Irony of ironies – the much-anticipated “WikiLeaks Movie,” which dramatizes the inception of an organization responsible for some the most incendiary and controversial information leaks in recent history, turns out to be a rote, by-the-numbers thriller.
Excerpt: Not enough time has passed for The Fifth Estate to be anything but smartly composed regurgitated reportage. The Fifth Estate is thus both timely cinema and old news. – See more at: http://www.cinemablographer.com/2013/10/fifth-estate-review-cumberbatch-assange-wikileaks.html