The Fifth Estate

Theatrical Release: October 18, 2013
The Fifth Estate


Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), “The Fifth Estate” traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large

Dove Review

This movie is informative but if a family walks into the theater expecting to see an entertaining movie or a family friendly film, this isn’t it. It is based on the story of WikiLeaks and the controversy over how much secret or even classified information, if any, should be shared with the public. The whistle blowers in the movie cause quite a stir to say the least. The fact that leaked information can result in people’s lives being placed in danger is a big part of the theme of the story. This is one movie in which the viewer could get lost quickly due to the excessive information and quick scene changes which take place during the course of the film.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange and is an interesting character. Cumberbatch is quite an actor and does not remind you of the character of Khan that he played in the “Star Trek: Into Darkness” movie at all. His character is arrogant, bold, intelligent, sly and cunning, and a walking paradox in many ways. At any rate, this movie features strong language and rates a three in our sex content arena and therefore is not recommended for family viewing.

Content Description

Sex: Implied sex outside of marriage; an unmarried couple seen kissing and making out; a character mentions a comment about the last time the couple had sex; a few innuendos including one about oral sex.
Language: A lot of language including "Ch*ist" and GD and S and H and other words uttered frequently.
Violence: A few people shot and archive footage of war and people being thrown aside and also 9-11 scenes; blood splattered on a window after a motorcycle shooting; it's mentioned that information leakage caused people to be murdered; corpses seen on ground; a comment about being hanged; scenes are mostly non-graphic with little blood.
Drugs: Drinking of alcohol in several scenes including characters drinking and driving; bar scenes; the mention of a cult using drugs; one smoking scene.
Nudity: A male character's nude rear seen in a drawing; cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: People lie and betray one another; the topic of how much secret information should remain secret.


Company: Disney
Writer: Daniel Domscheit-Berg & David Leigh
Director: Bill Condon
Producer: Steve Golin
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 128 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter