The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg team up to become underground watchdogs of the very powerful. They create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society, and what are the costs of exposing them?
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Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Dobrila_T Jan 18, 2018

You can't expose the world's secrets without uncovering your vulnerabilities.

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May 10, 2018

I thought this movie did a great job of showing human frailties - seemingly good people set out to do something with good intentions to make the world a better place and end up letting their egos get in the way. The story seemed to be told in a balanced way so that the audience could decide for themselves what they thought of the decision to post US government secrets on WikiLeaks.

Dec 22, 2017

The Fifth Estate is a fabulous docudrama on the founding of Wiki Leaks. Marvelous, wonderful, and I say this as a person who is not a fan of Wiki Leaks or techno geeks. The special effects of simulating accelerated network use a fabulous. High tech movies are usually out of my league. But this movie is a keeper. It is a historical document for those wishing to understand the phenomenal success of Wiki Leaks & their counterparts. The founders of Wiki Leaks, Julian Astrang & Daniel Berg are portrayed as very real people with their obvious strengths & their defects of character. I give this move a 4 1/2 stars.

Nov 28, 2017

You'll never see WikiLeaks criticize their masters in Moscow

Aug 27, 2016

Agree with daveken, the reviewers have missed the forest for the trees, which makes living in this electronic age so easy for the unscrupulous and unprincipled. Assange very probably is a damaged person, but that does not mean that his message should go unheard. This is a more important movie than perhaps perceived by many.

Sep 18, 2015

obviously the corruption
has reached these reviewers.
"THEY" have sent their lackeys
to disparage and "critique" LOL
George Orwell is rolling over
in his grave...David in Edm.

KittyMoonshine Sep 06, 2015

Learn somethings I did not know about Wikileaks and its origins. Engaging enough, but feel there was much more that could have been included to make it more well-round.

Jun 10, 2015

Was not interesting to me.

carnett1 Apr 27, 2015

The release of confidential documents by Benedict Cumberbatch's character Julian Assange is though informative, an uneffective way for civilians seeking such types of information to react to regrettable decisions by the U.S. Indicative of the U.S. regret is their identification of such documents as confidential.

Julian could have acted ultimately on behalf of the U.S. accepting the attention and staged ridicule of the release of such confidential documents.

Though uneffective due to ignored complaints of regrettable decisions and consequential U.S. citizen deaths, the release of confidential documents ultimately proved uneffective which is just what the U.S. wants, few capable of making considerable change in their decision making as a country.

Contrary to Julian Assange's actions, civilians must attempt to understand U.S. foreign relations and U.S. Armed Forces behavior in order to pursue civil action against controversial opinions from civilian's perspective.

Who was Julian Assange? Was this act insincere and intentional to gain ephemeral attention?

How many civilians are effectively preventing regrettable U.S. actions?

Apr 24, 2015

Interesting movie describing the initial concept, the characters and the events that took place during the birth of WikiLeaks. I believe, their data archives as well as their coding and deciphering algorithms are definitely the sterling target of hackers, intelligence agencies, terrorist groups and various capable opportunists...

nycounsel Mar 27, 2015

A decent enough movie, kept me engaged. Not sure what elements are fact or fiction - it's based enough on the real life story that it's easy to blur lines so, depending on the viewer, runs the risk as coming off as a factual account.

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Aug 05, 2014

From IMDb:

Daniel Berg: These are human beings, Julian. There are lives at stake!

Julian Assange: And what about the lives of the soldiers and the civilians involved in these conflicts? There are squats, unreported civilian casualties, countless incidents of friendly fire - this is information THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW! So the next time you find yourself lecturing me about this organisation, please try to remember, why I created it and why I hired you to help me.

Aug 05, 2014

From IMDb:

Julian Assange: Man is least himself when he talks with his own person. But if you give him a mask, he will tell you the truth. Two people, and a secret: the beginning of all conspiracies. More people, and, more secrets. But if we could find one moral man, one whistle-blower. Someone willing to expose those secrets, that man can topple the most powerful and most repressive of regimes.

Julian Assange: If you want the truth, no one is going to tell you the truth, they're going to tell you their version. So if you want the truth, you have to seek it out for yourself. In fact that's where power lies, in your willingness to look beyond this story, any story. And as long as you keep searching, you are dangerous to them. That's what they're afraid of: you. It's all about you. And a little bit about me too.

aaa5756 May 09, 2014

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The word will have a
generation of idiots” ― Albert Einstein

aaa5756 May 09, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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Mar 09, 2014

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