Fifth Estate is opening in theatres today. It's the story of WikiLeaks, and it's founder, Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch). The drama shows how WikiLeaks started, the impact it had around the world, and what led to the largest leak of confidential documents in American history.
The movie is just okay. It allows you to see another perspective on what happened besides what the American media reported. It does bring some humanity to the infamous WikiLeak website. Cumberbatch does a great job playing the 'I'm going to save the world, but I want to be recognized for it' character of Assange. Also, the movie isn't completely bias. The writers have left it for you to decide if Assange is a hero or traitor. In fact, it's as though the director wanted it to feel like an information leak about information leaks, almost a documentary. But, there's just not a lot of "Wow" to this film. There's no "oomph!"
It's an interesting story that just kind of falls flat on the big screen. There is nothing compelling you to want to stay and see what happens in the end. No great character that screams for your adoration. It's just leaves you with a feeling of, 'meh that was interesting'. I don't know, maybe it's just because it is such recent history, but it just didn't have that amazing run out to the movies thrill that I was wanting from a movie that promotes itself as a thriller.
Also, I have to warn you that anyone with a motion sensitivity may find parts of the film a little dizzying; as you attempt to read words that spin on the screen, or keep up with what seems to be a shaky hand held camera. At some points, I had to shut my eyes to avoid becoming nauseated from the visual effects, but it was mostly at the beginning of the movie. It did get better towards the end and, I'm extra sensitive, so it could be okay for everyone else.
So, to sum it up, Fifth Estate is interesting, but nothing I would run to the theatre for. In fact, it probably would have been better suited for a History Channel special. If you have nothing else to do, go see it, but try to do the matinee so you save a little money. Trust me, this is not a full price movie! And guys, if you want a good date night, don't include this one on the agenda...unless your date is really into government scandals and recent history...then it might just be perfect!
disclosure: I attended a free screening of this movie in order to complete this review. I received no other compensation. All opinions expressed are my own.