'The Fifth Estate'
By DAVID WEINER
September 23, 2013
The Plot: Benedict Cumberbatch goes blond as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a story that traces the early days of the brains behind WikiLeaks.org, the whistleblowing website that found overnight success – and infamy – with the release of a series of controversial, history-changing and classified information leaks.
Why It's a Must-See: Kind of like The Social Network meets All the President's Men, The Fifth Estate tries not to completely color the ethics behind the actions of Assange, who did not want to be seen to condone the project and declined to participate. Calling the man a "provocateur," Cumberbatch asks ET, "Is he reckless, is he responsible? All the judgments I've been asked to make of him, I defer to my performance in the film. He's quite a remarkable individual, so I think he defies easy categorization." Also starring Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi and Carice van Houten, the film is directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn).
Watch the Trailer: HERE