Arts & Entertainment

THE FIFTH ESTATE

In this thriller chronicling the rise of WikiLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), former WikiLeaks spokesperson and Assange offsider, comes off looking like the hero and Julian Assange an egotistical, manipulative maniac.

This is a very unfavourable depiction of Assange and British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is not entirely convincing in the starring role.

Audiences will be gunning for the duo as they take down Julius Baer Bank, release the ‘Collateral Murder’ video and gear up to leak thousands of US military files.

Interestingly, The Fifth Estate touches upon the debate on the future of journalism and the role of the citizen journalist.

Good as a thriller but not to be relied on as an historical account. (VP)

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BY VANESSA POWELL