By Jack Rico
Dreamworks Pictures just released their first trailer of the WikiLeaks movie – The Fifth Estate.
The trailer has Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch playing the lead role of Julian Assange who is set on taking justice into his own hands by leaking very confidential information from whomever is abusing their power.
Director Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1&2) is quoted saying that, “The movie presents [Assange] neither as hero or villain. We just try to present who he is and let you make up your mind. I think, in fact, he’s neither.” I’m sick of these, you-figure-out-films.
From the video footage I saw in the trailer, I’m not sure if it’s thrilling enough for me to put it in my Top 10 films to see this Fall. Nevertheless, I do like the Assange story and one can really get the inside story on something very close to all of us at the moment. Can anyone say The Social Network?
The film also has co-stars Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, with Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney.
Synopsis: Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?”
What do you think of ‘The Fifth Estate’ trailer? Leave your comments below.