The Fifth Estate
This film presents one version of the on-going WikiLeaks tale, based partly on the book by Julian Assange’s associate, Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
The contradiction of course, is that WikiLeaks stands for revealing the truth, and chose to do so by not editing any of the documents disclosed to them, whereas this film is by necessity an edited version, leaving out lots of information (not least the accusations against Assange of sexual misconduct in Sweden). It’s also worth remembering that we are still in the middle of this story, and we don’t know how it will end – looking back in 20 years may give a very different perspective.
It’s engaging enough, notwithstanding the sometimes frantic circulating camera work and the frequent location shifts. And I’m not a huge Cumberbatch fan, but he is quite awesome in this.
The biggest irritation though is the fact that German actors, playing German people, in German settings, speak English to each other. Why? Well yes, we know why, but Daniel Brühl and Moritz Bleibtreu having a conversation in English? Pur-lease.