Film Review: The Fifth Estate

Posted on by 5WC in Film

So 24 hours after watching We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks¬†documentary it was time to allow Hollywood it’s shot at portraying the whistle blowing events surrounding a website, a man and a whole lot of secrets, with Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate.

The Fifth Estate is essentially based on the written account of former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and this is where my first problem with The Fifth Estate lies. It feels slanted. I shouldn’t have been surprised though, because if you look at events through a single pair of eyes then you will always see the events with the agenda purely as they see it. But in The Fifth Estate, the slant seems just a little too heightened. It focuses just a little too hard onto one man. Read more

Film Review: We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks

Posted on by 5WC in Film

I have been asked by a friend to write a blog post for his website and he had suggested that I write a film review about The Fifth Estate, a thriller based on the real life story of WikiLeaks, as it ties my love of film to his website’s foundations in technology and so, it seemed only fair to allow WikiLeaks a “right of reply”, before I started writing, before I shaped my views based solely on Hollywood’s dramatisation of events.

We Steal Secrets is a documentary made over a number of years, shadowing Julian Assange, founder and editor of the website WikiLeaks, as the ‘site comes to prominence through the leaking of top secret US military documents regarding the wars in Iraq and Afgahanstan. And while it proclaiming to be the story of WikiLeaks, it actually tells the Julian Assange biography in far more depth. Read more