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The Fifth Estate Review

The Fifth Estate Rating: 2.6/5

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Masand’s Verdict – CNN IBN 

The story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his mission to expose the dark secrets of governments and corporates ought to make for a thrilling film. But The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon, is a mostly dull affair. Aside from a thrilling final act that involves the mainstream media’s simultaneous worldwide release of those sensitive cables, most of The Fifth Estate feels surprisingly inert. Handsomely mounted, but ultimately too safe in its reconstruction of deeply complex events, this film runs but never flies. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for The Fifth Estate. Watch it for Cumberbatch’s appropriately creepy performance as Assange.

Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World( Hindustan Times )

The Fifth Estate is a mystery – it’s an inert and listless film about one of the world’s most dramatic and controversial figures – Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. But ironically, all the frenetic action doesn’t draw us into the film. Instead it alienates and eventually just bores. There are too many scenes of people huddled over computers – here the pressing of keys is the equivalent of waging a war.Which is a shame because the story is so compelling and the questions it raises are so urgent.The Fifth Estate is an opportunity lost. I’m going with two and a half stars.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Gavin Rasquinha Site:Times Of India (TOI)

Director Bill Condon takes you back and shows you Assange’s story before the big press conference. Benedict Cumberbatch excels as Julian Assange, he does his part with sincerity and conviction. Daniel Bruhl as Julian’s friend turned foe does a fab job too! Bill Condon puts up a good show. The Fifth Estate is a reminder of the exceptional story of the world’s biggest whistleblower.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Tushar JoshiSite:DNA

There is an interesting analogy the film offers. While WikiLeaks grows stronger each day, so does the ego of Assange. The first half opens brilliantly but gets too technical too soon. Condon spreads the plot too thin, not able to let us sift through the details of the back story. Also the length and pace of the second half is a major downer. A relevant and interesting subject let down by poor writing and shoddy direction, The Fifth Estate seems like an opportunity over looked.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today

The slick opening montage of this movie sets the stage for a potentially exciting and gripping story. The Fifth Estate doesn’t come close in edginess. You will however, wonder about whether Assange is in it for the greater good, or to feed his own galloping ego. He realizes he has access to information that can make governments quake, and that kind of power can go to anyone’s head. A movie about Assange and WikiLeaks is bound to be tough to tackle and while it has a few things going for it, Condon could have scored better if he chose to focus deeper on Assange’s admittedly complex and mysterious psyche.

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