Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Serious In New Clip From The Fifth Estate

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-09-06 20:21:42discussion comments
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Benedict Cumberbatch's Toronto invasion has begun. The Sherlock star has three movies playing at the on-going international film festival, and while the folks at the event are still waiting for the screenings of Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave and John Wells' August: Osage County, last night saw the premiere screening of Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, a movie that sees Cumberbatch playing Wikileaks co-founder and notorious public figure Julian Assange. To celebrate the debut, Yahoo! has posted the first ever clip from the movie, which you can see above.

Scripted by writer Josh Singer, whose previous credits include episodes of shows like Fringe, Lie To Me and The West Wing, The Fifth Estate tells the story of how Assange teamed up with colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) to release confidential documents featuring information that the two men believed it was the right of the people to know. As the two make bigger and bigger waves in the world of global politics, however, their actions begin to weigh on their relationship, and as you can see in the clip that results in plenty of interpersonal drama.

The film has gotten some mixed reactions following its premiere last night, and our own critic, Sean O'Connell was one of those who wasn't too impressed by what the movie had to offer. In his review, he wrote, "Convoluted and a bit too slick for its subject matter, The Fifth Estate raises too many interesting questions about online journalism and the accomplishments of Assange to fully dismiss it." In addition to his editorial, you can watch Sean discuss the film in the video blog below:



The Fifth Estate, which also features Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, David Thewlis and Laura Linney, will be in theaters everywhere on October 18th.

Cumberbatch's second TIFF entry, 12 Years A Slave, is having its Toronto premiere tonight, and while the actor has a much smaller role in that film than he does in The Fifth Estate, it is already riding high on festival buzz following its showing at Telluride last week. Get ready for more reactions soon, and in the meantime you can watch the recently-released trailer.


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