July 17, 2013 at 10:07 am #105884
A new trailer was just released for this film about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange, and also features Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, and Dianel Bruhl.July 17, 2013 at 10:29 am #105886
I’m a bit iffy on how the trailer seems to be leaning politically and ethically. I’m hoping they don’t sacrifice what it’s a subject matter and figure ripe for a morally ambigous film and turn it into a more conventional, against-the-odds, political struggle biopic. Hoping that’s just the trailer and not the direction they go with the film. That said, Cumberbatch looks extremely promising in his portrayal of Assange.July 17, 2013 at 10:44 am #105887
Benedict Cumbertbatch looks great, but so does Daniel Bruhl. And yes, what they really need is try not to tell th audience what to think.July 17, 2013 at 11:12 am #105888
Linney talked about the film in her interview with GoldDerby this year.July 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm #105889
I’m a bit iffy on how the trailer seems to be leaning politically and ethically. I’m hoping they don’t sacrifice what it’s a subject matter and figure ripe for a morally ambigous film and turn it into a more conventional, against-the-odds, political struggle biopic. Hoping that’s just the trailer and not the direction they go with the film. That said, Cumberbatch looks extremely promising in his portrayal of Assange.
My thoughts are similar: Cumberbatch looks excellent in the role, but the tone of the trailer made Assange too much of a straight-up white hat for my liking.July 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm #105890
This looks like a pretty fruitless attempt at making a Social Network-esque film.
Doesn’t mean I won’t see it.
Cumberbatch looks great. Nothing else memorable.September 6, 2013 at 12:17 am #105891
This kicks off Toronto!
Lukewarm review from Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/sep/06/fifth-estate-review “Over-ambitious” but somewhat praised BC’s performance. 3/5
Another so-so review, praising Cumberbatch but calling it ‘muddled’ http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/review-cumberbatchs-assange-anchors-muddled-the-fifth-estate?utm_medium=App.net&utm_source=PourOver
Lukewarm review from Variety: http://variety.com/2013/film/reviews/the-fifth-estate-review-toronto-1200601032/
There are definitely raves for Cumberbatch’s performance, but the film was constantly being compared to The Social Network and deemed ‘ordinary’. I’m predicting this to land high 50s/ low 60s on metacritic.
September 6, 2013 at 12:24 am #105892
I guess this is a rave (for the film): http://www.deadline.com/2013/09/toronto-festival-dives-into-wikileaks-controversy-with-powerful-fifth-estate-opening-night/September 6, 2013 at 5:24 am #105893
‘The Fifth Estate’ is getting mixed responses, some would say negative reactions, and Cumberbatch’s chances in lead are diminishing. The first disappointment I’ve read! It was bound to finally happen.September 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm #105894
Near-pans (not on a Diana level certainly). Cumberbatch hasn’t a chance for this..
And best scratch this off any picture, director, screenplay predictions..September 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm #105895
Near pans? Hardly. More like ‘mixed’. They love Cumberbatch and Bruhl.September 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm #105896
I don’t see much in the future for this film, but I think that the praise for Bruhl could be helpful in building his buzz for Rush.September 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm #105897
Yeah, I’m disappointed by both the response, and the clips that are being released for the film. Cumberbatch could’ve been a contender!September 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm #105898
Just came back from watching “The Fifth Estate”.
The movie is a typical summer movie masquerading as an awards flick. Unfortunately, this is not another “The Social Network”. While having a unique style, the movie is littered with clumsly dialogue and ridiculous monologues to give Assange some character. The fact that it is all set to an orchestral score to gain sympathy is quite phony. Bruhl’s character has a romantic subplot that goes nowhere and the movie has pacing issues, specifically near the end when the hacking gimmick is wearing thin.
With that said, I applaud the director for taking a stance on Assange given the limited time we have had to judge the man. History books have yet to write about him, so it’s refreshing to see the screenplay attempt to sway the audience’s opinion (he is shown in a heroic light, with his main flaw being his giant ego). Also, the acting in the movie is quite good — particularly the two male leads. Cumberbatch doesn’t have enough material or range to break into lead actor (he will be snubbed), but his convincing portrayal of Assange’s tricky accent will surely get people talking.
Somewhere within the film is a brilliant story… it’s just hard to appreciate when the character’s speak in quasi-catchphrases.