From My Netflix Queue: The Fifth Estate
In addition to my ever-growing Netflix queue, I like to keep a watchlist over at IMDB of films on the horizon. Usually movies that are opening soon can be added to the “saved” section of my Netflix queue, but films that are due to be released far in the future don’t always show up right away.
Once a month or so, I make a visit over to my watchlist and add films from there to my Netflix queue if they’ve shown up. One that I was looking forward to was “The Fifth Estate.”
Benedict Cumberbatch, who has been in “Atonement,” “War Horse,” “The Hobbit,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” among others, played Julian Assange in this drama on the founding of WikiLeaks. While it's been criticized as being a propaganda attack against WikiLeaks, I decided to personally view it as a fictionalized re-telling, much like “The Social Network” was a fictionalized view of Facebook.
The book that the film based the screenplay on was written by Daniel Domscheit-Berg (played in this film by Daniel Brühl), which has itself been heavily criticized as one-sided.
The story of WikiLeaks is much too complex to be told in a mere two-hour long film, so both the length and the source of the screenplay are the reasons why I went into viewing the film as more an entertaining picture and less bio-drama.
I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed in the film. What could have been a very intriguing drama seemed to fall back on Hollywood-esque gimmicks, such as using a sea of desks to portray the structure of the Wikileaks organization. I always feel when a film-maker uses visual cues to try and get a message across, that they view their audience as not intelligent enough to grasp a concept without it being spelled out for them.
I didn’t feel the film got across any of the intrigue or drama surrounding Wikileaks. Even as the movie was wrapping up, I still had a sense of waiting for the story to actually start.
Copyright 2013, 2015 FreebieJunkie. Originally posted by me at Bubblews, no longer active
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