The Fifth Estate unfortunately won’t be the masterpiece we were all hoping for. Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate (2013), featured in the Toronto International Film Festival and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Wikileaks creator Julian Assange, has left viewers disappointed. Information cobbled from advanced reviews suggest that the most positive aspect of the film is Cumberbatch, who has apparently pulled off yet another powerful performance after his Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness. Apparently the film and Bill Condon were not equal to Benedict’s talent, leading some to speculate that the director hasn’t fully recovered from his experience making the last two Twilight films.
The Fifth Estate has only 9 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and it is already at 40 percent, which practically annihilates its chances for becoming the great film its story heralded. Julian Assange is a modern day hero in a time of governments concealing information and a good film about him would have been useful. The Fifth Estate won’t be that film and in all likelihood there won’t be another film on Wikileaks or Julian Assange outside of a documentary.
Critics call The Fifth Estate: “ordinary”, “by the numbers”, and worst of all: “boring”. From reports, Bill Condon couldn’t pull off the depiction of revolution, the notion that the world was changing, or that ordinary people were accomplishing great things. The Wikileaks’ details and the hacking are present but they seem to be more of an unnecessarily prolonged distraction rather than a means to engage the audience further in the story.
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