ApunKaChoice.com
site  movies  celebs  music  news  showtimes  user  
Hello, Stranger Login | Sign up
ApunKaChoice » Article » Movie Review: 'The Fifth Estate' is strictly one-time watch
 

Movie Review: 'The Fifth Estate' is strictly one-time watch

'The Fifth Estate' - crumbles, disintegrates
By Troy Ribeiro (IANS)
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 04:02:05 GMT
 

Movie Review: 'The Fifth Estate' is strictly one-time watch
The Fifth Estate movie review; Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Alicia Vikander, Carice van Houten, Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci; Director: Bill Condon; Rating: **

Director Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate is a fine example of - power corrupts and absolute power corrupts, absolutely!

Welcome to “The Fifth Estate”- the new era of journalism, the era of the electronic media.

Based on two books by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh and Luke Harding, this biopic documents the birth of information war and the scary heights investigative journalism has scaled between 2007 and 2010.

The film is about Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Australian activist who founded WikiLeaks, his ego and the web of lies he weaves to expose the corruption and "power abusiveness" that plagues this generation! It is also about morality and integrity and discusses issues relating to "privacy for an individual and transparency for institutions."

With the mantra, "You can change the world with great ideas, but you need people who are willing to put themselves on the line", Assange takes on the onus to change the world.

He quotes Oscar Wilde, "Give a man a mask and he will speak the truth," to justify his stance on founding WikiLeaks. He says to his colleague Daniel Berg (Daniel Bruhl), "find one moral man, a whistleblower and we can blow out corruption!"

Together, they start off modestly and gradually they grow with "10,000 hits per hour giving world news for free".

Stories from WikiLeaks are picked up by the Guardian in Britain, The New York Times in the US and Der Spiegel in Germany and their releases are synchronised to have a global effect. Their exposes vary from political to financial to human rights across the globe in countries shaking governments and putting people's life at stake for the larger good of the society.

Soon, Assange becomes a celebrity and is reckless in his disposition. Berg questions his scruples when he insists on releasing classified information on a platform that is easily accessible to public and the organisation crumbles.

By the end of the film, Assange absolves himself by saying something to the effect, my truth and your truth may not be the universal truth!

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in ‘The Fifth Estate’

On the performance front, the actors essay their roles to perfection. Cumberbatch drives home the enigmatic and elusive trait of Assange to the core and Bruhl matches Cumberbatch's histrionics at every step. The ladies don’t have much to offer.

Director Bill Condon's film which begins with a blabber of voices layered over graphic and multi-frames of web net and overpowering background music is disorienting initially.

The non-realistic computer generated effects created to dramatise the climax, especially when Berg destroys the submission platform while recalling the numerous heads Assange personifies in the organisation, which made WikiLeaks appear like an enormous outsized organisation along with the shaky camera work and jerky jump edits, add to the woes of watching this epic.

The first and the last acts are hurriedly and chaotically edited. The scenes are put together taking you all over the place from Berlin to Paris to Stockholm to Kenya and Iceland covering all major political events during the said period. Yet the narration renders ineffective, as it does not strike an emotional chord. Assange is neither glorified as a hero, nor is he condemned as a villain.

Overall, “The Fifth Estate” is a badly executed film that crumbles and disintegrates, but nevertheless you might not regret watching it.
Candy Brar to stir things up in 'Bigg Boss 7'
 
Meet Sameer Ali Khan, the villain Antman of 'Krrish 3'
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley at TIFF
Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley at TIFF
‘The Imitation Game’ trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch cracks Enigma code
‘The Imitation Game’ trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch cracks Enigma code
Movie Review: 'August Osage County' a gripping family drama
Movie Review: 'August Osage County' a gripping family drama
Movie Review: '12 Years a Slave' is gripping, disturbing
Movie Review: '12 Years a Slave' is gripping, disturbing
Tags :
,
,
,
,
,
,
comments powered by Disqus


 
Now Trending : Salman Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Ranbir Kapoor | Aishwarya Rai | Katrina Kaif | Kareena Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra | Poonam Pandey | Sherlyn Chopra | Alia Bhatt | New Hindi Movies

Photo Galleries 

Spotted: Aamir Khan outside Prithvi Theatre

Kriti Sanon, Ekta Kapoor launch Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Half Girlfriend’

Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif promote ‘Bang Bang’ at Mountain Dew event

Happy New Year: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone return to India after SLAM Tour

Sushmita Sen, Sumona Chakravarti at North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja pandal

Rohit Bal’s Grand Finale Collection for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion preview

Kavitta Verma celebrates Navratri

Fun Watch: Ranveer Singh crazy in love with Parineeti Chopra in 'Kill Dil' song 'Sweeta'
Wallpapers 

Hrithik Roshan Wallpapers

Haider Wallpapers

Bang Bang Wallpapers

Desi Kattey Wallpapers

Balwinder Singh... Famous Ho Gaya Wallpapers

Daawat-e-ishq Wallpapers
Hot Celebrities 

Sonal Chauhan

Anushka Sharma

Mallika Sherawat
New Movies 

Bang Bang

Haider

Balwinder Singh... Famous Ho Gaya
Videos 

Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif sizzle together in song 'Meherbaan'

'Finding Fanny' song 'Shake Your Bootiya'

Sonam Kapoor grooving to the party anthem ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’

Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif wow in ‘Bang Bang’ song video 'Tu Meri'

Shahid Kapoor in the 'Haider' song ‘Bismil’

‘Raja Natwarlal’ song ‘Namak Paare’ featuring Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick


Copyright © ApunKaChoice.com
ApunKaChoice.com : Latest Bollywood News, Bollywood Movies Reviews, Bollywood Wallpapers
privacy policy
Partner Sites : Sports - CricketZone - IndiaExpress.com [ Mobiles Festivals Bikes Cars ] - CardWeaver

photo gallery - new movies - celebs - wallpapers - the celeb A-Z - News & Gossip - Music - Video - Hot Topics
Anushka Sharma - Katrina Kaif - Kareena Kapoor - Priyanka Chopra - Deepika Padukone - Sonakshi Sinha - Aishwarya Rai - Poonam Pandey - Sherlyn Chopra
Salman Khan ( Bigg Boss 6 ) - Shahrukh Khan - Shahid Kapoor - Hrithik Roshan - Aamir Khan - Ranbir Kapoor