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The Trailer for The Fifth Estate, the Wikileaks Feature Film with Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Smack You with a Heavy Hand

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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The trailer for The Fifth Estate, which comes from Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2) seems to suffer from what so many historical features suffer from, namely the insistence of talking about the events as they’re happening with the benefit of hindsight. I guarantee you that no one actually said to Julian Assange while the events were transpiring that, “This is the biggest leak of classified information in history!”

The film seems very interested in turning Assange into a one of the great heroes in all of history (“Lives are at stake!” “But what about the lives of THOSE CIVILIANS!”), which I’d appreciate more if Cumberbatch’s Assange didn’t look like a leering psychopath.

“HE’S NOT A JOURNALIST. HE’S A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY.”

“THIS IS INFORMATION THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW.”

“WE NEED TO CRUSH THESE GUYS.”

“THIS MOVIE NEEDED A BETTER SCREENWRITER.”




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  • Marc Greene

    Kind of reminds me of Mr Joshua from Lethal Weapon.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Well, Biden did turn to Obama while he was signing the ACA and say "This is fucking huge, you know" (or something like that) soooo...maybe Assange has his own personal Biden.

    Don't we all need our own personal Biden?

    (don't we all pray we are not someone else's personal Biden?)

  • http://animalstalkinginallcaps...

    WHY ARE THESE MEN LOOKING AT ME LIKE I'M A FRESHMAN GIRL ON CAMPUS?

  • Scully

    Cumberbatch. Linney. Mackie. Matthew Crawley. And Assange as hero? SOLD. #LiberalWetDream

  • And Stanley Tucci FTW.

  • + Daniel Bruhl doesn't hurt.
    #JumpingOnLiberalWetDreamBandwagon

  • As long as it doesn't turn out to be thinly veiled character assassination focusing too much on the man rather than the institution it should be inoffensive enough.
    Character assassination by incompetence though. That would be an original method.

  • jeannebean

    Since the film doesn't appear to be touching on his career as a RAPIST, or his cowardly flight from prosecution a la Roman Polanski, I don't think character assassination is going to be a PROBLEM.

  • Qualtinger

    Career as a rapist, could you be any more melodramatic? Politically orchestrated, shady and unproven accusations, regurgitated by people who are either political agitators or just not that bright, and designed to distract from the important work of an entire organisation.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    SHOUTING DOESN'T BE SOLVING NOTHING.

  • jeannebean

    I wasn't shouting, bonehead. I capitalized two words out of thirty-five, for EMPHASIS which, based on your grammatically incorrect FIVE words, I wouldn't expect you to understand.
    Now, go work on your GED and leave the conversation to the adults...

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    You see, now I'm unsure whether you're shouting ged or mean GED.

    If you want to use emphasis, there is an abundance of textual styling techniques at your disposal. For instance, this is precisely the reason the lord invented the em and bold tags.

    You are very wise to recommend staying in school, if that is what you meant.

    Next week, in pretentious French class we're going to learn how to spell 'à la' properly when trying to sound condescending. I'm also really looking forward to returning to Subtle Mocking 101, but I'm not sure how I'm getting on in that class to be honest.

  • ELee

    Is it weird that I find Benedict oddly attractive in that blond wig? I mean, he's attractive anyway, but the blond hair gives him a certain something.

  • annie

    It is weird. And I'm right there with you. But only when it's short at the end. When it's long, he's like some Bizarro Albino Snape that didn't make it through the manufacturing process correctly, and not in a sexy way.

  • cheryl

    If you're weird, then so am I. BlondWigCumberbatch is now Rhaegar Targaryen and/or Raistlin Majere in this geek's mind's eye. These are good developments.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Whoa, whoa. I find Cumberbatch extremely creepy and not at all attractive above (which I think makes him perfect for Assange) BUT I find the idea of him as Raistlin to be spot on brilliant. Has Eric Stoltz aged out of Tanis yet?

  • Timeconsumer15

    YES him as Raist must happen! i love a good dragonlance reference

  • pajiba

    Yes, that is weird. He looks like a guy who'd offer lollipops to little kids if they agreed to take a ride in his rape van.

  • koko temur

    I would ride that van

  • BWeaves

    Casper the ghost?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Albino hippy lizard person in pancake makeup?

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