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By David Keene
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Topic - Bill Condon
Like so many movies inspired by recent history, “The Fifth Estate” doesn’t reveal so much as it restates. It’s a condensed-for-drama highlight reel that covers Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s rise from lonely hacker activist to media sensation and global governmental irritant.
Opening this year’s festival on Thursday is the premiere of Bill Condon’s dramatization of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, “The Fifth Estate” — a film with which Mr. Assange refused to cooperate and which he has called “a massive propaganda attack.”
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Mr. Condon, meanwhile, attempts to convey the underground hipness of Assange’s world, and the hacker scene he comes from, with a grab bag of stylistic tricks — including a ceiling-free, infinite “room” full of computers meant to represent Assange’s computer network — and a soundtrack punctuated by thudding electronic music.
While Mr. Condon laments for Mr. Cumberbatch’s sake that the actor wasn’t able to meet with Mr. Assange to study his behavior, he sees some advantage to making a film about Mr. Assange without his input.