Benedict Cumberbatch Brags About Web Hits in New Clip from THE FIFTH ESTATE

     October 8, 2013

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DreamWorks has released a new clip from director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks.  This particular clip takes place towards the beginning of the film, when WikiLeaks is starting to gain national attention.  Two journalists from The Guardian (David Thewlis and Dan Stevens) pay Assange a visit, and a sort of pissing contest ensues.  I caught the film at TIFF and while I wasn’t as taken with it as Matt was (read his review here), it’s certainly a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Laura Linney, Stanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten.  The Fifth Estate opens on October 18th.

Via Yahoo! Movies.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Fifth Estate:

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?”

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