"The Fifth Estate reminds us all of the manner in which information can build or destroy empires bigger than ourselves"
If you've ever sought to find real truth in media or felt it was your duty to inform others of injustice being done in world, this movies for you! "The Fifth Estate" is an inspiring film showing one's account of how WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange built an information empire that once held the keys to the kingdom. It's a still a very relevant site today that makes sensitive information available to the public, but it's initial impact threw the world for a loop. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Julian, in this information thriller that is sure to have you seeking a deeper truth in all the news you consume.
So to set the stage for our review, we will tell you that there are some concepts and language in the film that may go over the head of those not used to reading more than the Sunday funnies, but the film's overall message speaks to anyone eager to learn. What's the message? In this age of information, we would be fools to not seek our own truths. We've all watched the news at one point or another and realized that most of the information they provide is watered down or altered in someway. For example, if there was a widespread outbreak of Malaria in New York would the news report read "Malaria kills 20,000 today in New York"?
Probably not because what would happen is you would have thousands of people leaving the state like herds of Wildebeests causing panic across the east coast. So what the news might say is something like "Six cases of Malaria have been reported in New York, but the governor says that it's nothing to worry about". You've almost got to laugh at how our information is skewed to fit whatever agenda the governing forces have up their sleeves. So what this means as a consumer of information is that we all need to seek the truth for ourselves and not rely on the words of others to give us a false sense of safety. This is one of the core reasons that WikiLeaks was created, so that people have access to unfiltered information to help them form their own ideas and opinions of what's truth or fiction.
Now that our little spiel is out of the way, back to the movie..lol Okay, so the movie begins showing Julian as this introverted, awkward, but very much sophisticated geek with an idea to expand the consciousness of the nation as a whole. He wants to provide people with useful information in real time about serious world issues that impact their daily lives. The only problem with his mission is that he's too deep in his own book to relate with people outside of his mindset. So this is where, Daniel Burg(Brühl), Assange's spokesperson, comes in and adds a humanistic balance to Julian's revolutionary concept.
This bridging of the two idealists creates one epic force of momentum that forces the world at large to consider that Julian's WikiLeaks may be the only source of true journalism. Even the big newspapers like The Guardian must yield to WikiLeaks's ground-breaking stories and exposures of corruption in the world. The only thing that WikiLeaks didn't plan on is just how big of an impact that their gathering and delivery of sensitive information would have on the people and political systems throughout the entire world. After all, Big Brother is watching....
To sum up our review, "The Fifth Estate" is a wonderful film showing how our consumption of information has progressed to point that anything we want to know is just a click away. No longer can we say, "I don't know" when asked a question, especially when the internet has become the Aorta of our information highway. Smartphones, laptops and even a Kindle can provide you access, so if your not taking advantage..you have no one else to blame.
Unhinged Reviews recommends this title for journalists and reporter-types, but also for those in search of the truth. This movie is in theaters now, so head on over to your favorite movie lounge and Enjoy! Thanks for reading.
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