While plenty can be said for Assange and Domscheit-Berg's total commitment to the cause they believed so strongly in, the haphazard way this platitude-packed story is patched together doesn't really sell it.

What is rather amusing, though, has been Assange's well-documented displeasure in The Fifth Estate hitting a theater near you. It's funny because in the week leading up to the film's release, Assange has voiced his concerns to every talk show host who'd listen. At one point, he apparently tried to discourage Cumberbatch from starring in it.

But as understandably controversial as Assange's business practices were, this film won't be damaging to his reputation in the least. If anything, it'll probably give him a good, long chuckle about how bland and ham-fisted an otherwise thrilling story becomes when it's in the wrong people's hands.

CAUTIONS (may contain spoilers):

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking, sometimes to excess, depicted in several scenes. References to drug use in connection with a cult.
  • Language/Profanity: A full range of profanity, including fu--, sh--, he--, da--, bast---, is regularly used. God’s name is also misused on several occasions. Several rude British-isms such as wanker, bugger and bloody.
  • Sex/Nudity: A couple sleeps together after the first date, and we see them in various stages of foreplay and in bed on a couple of occasions. A couple of women briefly kiss in a club. Julian is accused of sexual misconduct by two different women.
  • Violence: Stock war footage. Shots from the 9/11 terrorist attack. A scene where two of Julian’s employees are unexpectedly gunned down in Kenya while sitting in their car (blood is shown spattered across the windows). 

Publication date: October 18, 2013