If movies like the “Bourne” franchise and others have taught me anything, it’s that America has a giant reservoir of elusive, faceless badass black ops killers just going around the world knocking off anyone who disagrees with the willy nilly. But for some reason, they can’t track down one albino Australian before he leaks every little bad thing they have ever done onto the Interwebs. Go figure. I do believe the movies have been lying to me!
Anyhoo. Check out the first trailer for Dreamworks and director Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate”, the film that Julian Assange will no doubt be showing to all the ladies as he romances them in the future. Dude comes across like Jesus or something.
Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. 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 whistleblowers 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?
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, with Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney.
Leaking all over theaters this October 18, 2013.