Why to Watch - The Fifth Estate

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The Fifth Estate (2013) Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller | 128min | October 18, 2013 (United States) 6.2
Director: Bill CondonWriter: Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh, Luke HardingStars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van HoutenSummary: 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 whistle-blowers 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? —DreamWorks Pictures


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