861 - The Fifth Exposition

14th Oct 2013, 12:00 PM in Not So Fresh
The Fifth Exposition
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Tim 14th Oct 2013, 12:00 PM edit delete
Tim
So I went to see "The Fifth Estate" on Saturday - the movie about Wikileaks with Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. Over all, I'd say a pretty good movie - definitely one that asks you to use your head, not your typical Hollywood blockbuster. One of the big things that really stands out for me about the film is that none of the people who are depicted in the film come across as being a bad guy. The portrait of Julian is one of a man with a complicated past, and that even those closest to him don't fully understand, but a man who is intensely dedicated to his principals and unwilling to budge if he believes people are trying to get him to compromise them. But even when the main guy that we follow in this film decides that he has to stop him, I think there are probably still several questions about who was really in the right.
It also contains one of the most interesting uses of a fourth wall break that I've ever seen. I won't spoil it for anyone planning on seeing it, but I'm sure those who watch the whole thing will probably agree.

The one thing that did bug me about the film was how it dealt with Julian's past. Every so often we'd get him alone, typically with Dan Berg, and they'd have him give another insight into his past and how he grew up, without any context whatsoever. Just kind of out of the blue at random points. I get that they're trying really hard to hint at why he might be how he is, but sometimes it comes off as being awkward from a narrative perspective, like it was crowbarred into the film. That's pretty much my only direct criticism of it though, and if you're at all interested in the Wikileaks debate, I'd say that The Fifth Estate is probably as good a place to start as any. Just remember to take it with a pinch of salt, as it's not 100% totally factually accurate, but I'd say it's probably close enough for a start.

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TheMAM 17th Oct 2013, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
I think the movie made him look more like a man who'd risk human resource and government corruption to reveal the truth, which isn't always the right thing to do.