"THE FIFTH ESTATE"
(2013) (Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A small organization attempts to protect whistleblowers through its website that displays leaked sensitive documents that threaten to expose both companies and governments for their wrongdoings.
- It's 2007 and Julian Assange (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) is a man who believes in social justice and thinks that can be achieved through an organization and website he's created called WikiLeaks. Its purpose is to allow whistleblowers of any stripe to post sensitive and potentially damning and damaging information about corporations, banks and even governments without fear of reprisal, thanks to the anonymity safeguards built into the system. German computer expert Daniel Berg (DANIEL BRUHL) is impressed by what Julian has created and joins the cause, sometimes to the annoyance of his coworker girlfriend, Anke Domscheit (ALICIA VIKANDER). As time passes, Daniel later brings on computer hacker Marcus (MORITZ BLEIBTREU) to beef up their online security, while Icelandic social protestor Birgitta Jonsdottir (CARICE VAN HOUTEN) also joins the cause.
Their work not only draws the attention of traditional reporters such as Nick Davies (DAVID THEWLIS) who works for The Guardian newspaper in London, but also various U.S. government types -- such as Sarah Shaw (LAURA LINNEY) and Jim Boswell (STANLEY TUCCI) who work for the State Department, as well as Sam Coulson (ANTHONY MACKIE) over at the White House -- who have growing concerns about how WikiLeak's operations could put their undercover agents and informants across the world in harm's way.
As WikiLeaks grows in popularity and influence, it's only a matter of time before its posting of leaked documents puts it firmly in the crosshairs of government powers that don't want their information divulged. That's all while its format threatens to undermine the traditional world of reporting, especially with Julian's behavior increasingly heading toward megalomania.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those interested in the real-life story might want to, as might those who are fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language and some violence.
To continue reading the review and all of the highly detailed, scene-by-scene listings of the sex, nudity, profanity, violence and more (15 categories):
I have subscribed to ScreenIt for more than a decade. I check in every week to take advantage of their amazing services. Not only does their site provide a glimpse of exactly what content a movie offers, I've found the “Our Take” reviews and ratings for each movie to be right on the money every single time. I've referred dozens of friends to this service because my #1 resource for deciding whether or not to show a movie to my kids, or to see one myself, is ScreenIt.com!
Director, State of CA Public Sector
I signed up to get Screen It weekly reviews a long time ago, when my kids were young and I wanted to know more about movies before we went to a theater or rented. Now one child is in law school, other in undergraduate, and I still read the weekly Screen Its! It helps me know what my husband and I want to see or rent, and what to have waiting at home that we all will enjoy when my "kids" come home. I depend on Screen It reviews. They usually just present the facts and let me decide if the movie is appropriate or of interest for my family and me. Thank you for providing that service, Screen It!
Winston Salem, NC
I have 4 children who are now in college. I signed up for Screen It when my children were pre-teenagers. Often my children would ask to see a movie with a friend and I wished I could preview the movie prior to giving permission. A friend told me about ScreenIt.com and I found it to be the next best thing to previewing a movie. The amount of violence, sexual content, or language were always concerns for me and my husband as we raised innocent kids with morals. We constantly fought the peer pressure our kids received to see films that in our opinion were questionable. With the evidence we received at Screen It, our kids couldn't even fight us when we felt a film may have been inappropriate for them to watch. Thank you, Screen It. Continue to make this helpful service available to everyone, but especially the young parents.
Machesney Park, IL
Screenit.com is an amazing resource for parents, educators, church groups or anyone who wants to make an informed decision whether a movie is suitable for their viewing. The reviews and content descriptions are so detailed I am mystified how the reviewers can put them together.
I love screen It! I don't know what I would do without it. It is well worth the membership. Before we take our son to the movies we check it out on screen it first. Thank you SO much for making it. Keep up the good work & keep 'em coming!!!
Moreno Valley California
Other new and recent reviews include:
By entering this site you acknowledge to having read and agreed to the above conditions.
All Rights Reserved,
©1996-2016 Screen It, Inc.