The Fifth Estate
Sunday 26th January 2014
In 2010, a website dedicated to protecting whistle-blowers released an avalanche of classified US documents that triggered a new age of high-stakes secrecy and explosive news leaks. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate, released on DVD and Blu-ray on 17th February 2014 courtesy of Entertainment One, reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned this Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.
The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch - Star Trek Into Darkness) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl - Rush) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create an online platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes.
Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they find themselves at odds as they struggle with a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society - and what are the costs of exposing them?
Also starring Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Laura Linney (Hyde Park on Hudson) and Peter Capaldi (In the Loop), The Fifth Estate is based on the thrilling true story of the battle for the control of power and freedom in the 21st century.
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