Just three years after WikiLeaks made headlines for its release of classified government documents, The Fifth Estate tackles the scandal in an informative and entertaining way. Based on two books about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (one written by his former associate Daniel Berg), the film is director Bill Condon's take on the notorious company, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange, while Daniel Brühl plays Daniel Berg. It doesn't matter if you've closely followed the worldwide controversy sparked by WikiLeaks, nor does it matter how you feel about the polarizing Assange. The Fifth Estate crafts a clever story that will make you think.
When part-time hacker Daniel meets the cool, confident Julian, his world is rocked. Julian wants Daniel to be one of the volunteers that run WikiLeaks, but their partnership soon stumbles. Julian's belief that everything should be out in the open goes for personal space as well as government documents, a sentiment that doesn't sit well with Daniel. On one level, The Fifth Estate effectively explores friendship and what it means to trust someone. On another, it dissects the importance of privacy versus transparency in today's modern world. It's the seamless combination of these themes that makes the movie so captivating. Get more of my take on The Fifth Estate when you read more.