From Director Bill Condon (the last two “Twilight” films) comes “The Fifth Estate” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Wikileaks editor and founder Julian Assange, and Daniel Bruhl, as former Wikileaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The film, based on Domscheit-Berg’s 2011 book, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World's Most Dangerous Website, begins with Assange meeting up with Bruhl at various tech conferences throughout Europe, and their mission, with no money, to start a website that allows users to, submit anonymously, information that exposes the corrupt, rich, powerful and privileged throughout the world. Wikileaks soon becomes the biggest, most viewed breaking news website, scooping all the big TV networks. All is well until Assange and Berg receive from a US Army soldier, a massive collection of the most sensitive intelligence documents ever. The two are now being followed by various US intelligence agents. File this under dramatic thriller. Kind of like “The Social Network” meets “The Bourne Identity” meets “War Games.
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