The Fifth Estate, opening this weekend, is getting plenty of online buzz, particularly for its star, Benedict Cumberbatch. Yet it faces a simple, but profound challenge:
How do you make a movie about the Internet enthralling?
Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange, whose sites set out to expose governments who commit what he feels are crimes under the banner of national security.
Like its subject, however, and not unlike WikiLeaks itself, the broader goals and the context in which they're viewed are at times murky for this exposition.
Let's take a look at what the critics are saying (and for a look at another big weekend release, here are 12 Years a Slave reviews) about The Fifth Estate ...
"It's probably too early to make a movie about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and The Fifth Estate reflects this. Based on a book by Daniel Berg, who was an Assange associate, the movie can't quite decide what it thinks of him - or even if it should decide at all." - San Francisco Chronicle