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The Fifth Estate is also as current as a news feed, filling in the disputed facts about Assange's life beyond the headlines and chronicling the revolution that has upended the media landscape in the last decade.
[It] sounds somewhat schematic, [but] it plays better than that because the two actors bring quite a bit to their roles, and because the script has worked hard to make the issues feel real and relevant.
"The Fifth Estate" accomplishes its intent: offering some insight into an important milestone in history and prompting viewers to question and debate what they have just witnessed. Unfortunately, it takes too long to get there.
It offers a compelling, complex portrait of the Wikileaks founder that will probably do precisely what the actual Assange fears - namely, paint him as a demagogue whose commitment to institutional corruption is more self-aggrandizing than sincere.
Both the kindest and most damning thing you can say about "The Fifth Estate" is that it primarily hobbles itself by trying to cram in more context-needy material than any single drama should have to bear.