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The Fifth Estate

Published in T
Sunday, 17 November 2013 00:34
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  • Rating

    M: Violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Pleading the fifth.

  • Starring

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, David Thewlis, Anatole Taubman, Alexander Beyer, Dan Stevens, Jamie Blackley, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, John Schwab, Carice van Houten, Moritz Bleibtreu

  • Directed by

    Bill Condon

  • Running time

    128 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, shot at, killed, arrested, exposed as informants, accused of rape. Reference to child abuse, maltreatment. Frequent images of armed soldiers, protest marches, riot police, masked men, shots fired, unarmed protestors fired upon, water cannons, tanks, aggressive behaviour (including toward an animal), arrests, property damage. News footage of 911 attacks, bombs, explosions, soldiers, attacks on people/vehicles. Objects smashed, slammed, knocked over; shattered glass. Burning, smouldering paper. Arguing, shouting, door-slamming. Cult activity, beatings, starvation diets, drug-taking, Neo-Nazism mentioned. War, police corruption, police misconduct, computer hacking, death squads, assassination attempts, hanged man, prosecution, sinking of the Titanic mentioned. Indictment of a minor, lying, betrayal, bribery, toxic dumping mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (military and civilian). Blood splatter on body, objects. Many deaths mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Implied sex, flirting, hugging, kissing (male-female; female-female), undressing. Woman in lingerie, shirtless men, nude (assumed) couple in bed together, cartoon image of bum-flashing. Sexual misconduct, affairs mentioned. References to sex acts and infidelity. Cross-dressing implied.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits, wine, cocktails). Smoking (cigarettes, shisha). Psychiatric drugs mentioned. Rave, club settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bloody, bastard, w*nker. Name-calling, slang for genitals. Religious exclamations. Obscene hand gestures. Gender, hacking, journalist, corporate, terrorism stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Bradley Manning, privacy, hacking, secrets, terrorism, war, public information, internet, paternity, sexual misconduct, affairs, accusations, smear campaigns, social media, text messaging, CIA, national security, ethics, moral dilemmas, watchdogs, whistle-blowers, consequences, conspiracy, hactivism, identity disguise.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Abandoned child, job loss, forced resignations. Killed father, meeting biological father mentioned. Helicopters, cat, cows, barking dog. Barrel fires, bonfires. Spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Gripping, breathless, cutting-edge, smart, well-acted, entertaining, adequate, absorbing, pacy. Terrific performance from Benedict Cumberbatch, good supporting cast, feverish editing, vivid direction.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unreliable, dull, patchy, over-eager, stodgy. Not particularly enlightening, overuse of stylistic flourishes, too many subplots, jarring visuals, overplayed bromance, uneven storytelling.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Published in W
Thursday, 30 May 2013 01:05
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  • Rating

    M: War footage and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    WikiLies.

  • Starring

    Julian Assange (archival footage), Bradley Manning (archival footage), Adrian Lamo, Nick Davis, James Ball, Philip Crowley, General Michael Hayden, Gavin MacFadyen.

  • Directed by

    Alex Gibney

  • Running time

    130 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Archival footage of Afghan and Iraq War air strikes, World Trade Centre attacks. Video of air attack on innocent civilians. Photographic video and images feature guns, tanks, shooting, detainee abuse (hooded, chained, bruised, blindfolded men), protests, civil unrest, police brutality, police clashes, burning buildings, burning effigy, flag-draped coffins, throwing gas canisters. A tank appears to run over a corpse (video). Dead and wounded women, children and civilians frequently discussed; casualty totals heard. Frequent discussion and testimonial accounts of rape, molestation, victimisation, torture. A woman describes tackling and pinning down a man who punched her in the face. Al Qaeda, bombs, bullying, political imprisonment, tax evasion, illegal toxic waste dumping, corruption, murder, execution, RPG, screaming, ambush, explosive hazards, direct fire, mortars, assassination squad, propoganda, espionage, torture, sodomy, abuse, war crimes, Ku Klux Klan, solitary confinement, suicide watch, sleep deprivation, demotion, life imprisonment, possible death sentence, aiding the enemy, Guantanamo Bay mentioned. Klingon torpedo attack on Starship Enterprise (video clip), sparks, explosion. References to suicide (gun). Blood/gore: Disturbing images of corpses; twisted bodies, blood on bodies, clothing, ground, objects. Debris. Pictures of tortured detainees. Severely injured, bruised victims lie on hospital cots. Bandages.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Frequent discussion of gender confusion, bisexuality, cross-dressing, hormone therapy, gender identity disorder. Getting laid mentioned. Rape, molestation discussed and seen in re-enactment. Photograph of broken (used) condom. HIV, STDs mentioned. Scantily clad cheerleaders.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine). Smoking (cigar, cigarette). Prescription medication mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, w*nk, bastards, several derogatory names for females. Anti-gay, anti-masculine references. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, cultural, ethnic stereotyping.

  • THEMES

    Classified information, government secrets, computer hacking, computer viruses and worms, information-sharing, rights to information, free speech, post-911 operatives, terrorism, warfare, radicalism, whistle-blowing, censorship, corruption, cyber-activism, ethics, surveillance, redaction, insubordination, conspiracy theories, hubris, infamy, treason.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Giant tomato in opening credits, helicopters, geyser, lava, dog (photo), horse, chickens, dead game (pheasants, partridge) seen in photo, toilet. Footage of Galileo shuttle launch. Asperger's syndrome, unwanted pregnancy, cancer-causing plutonium, soda addiction, illegitimate children mentioned. Outer-space cinematography (shuttle-cam), satellite photographs with sky-high perspective. Icelandic language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Multi-layered portrait of Assange. Compelling, fascinating, provocative, damming, vital, sprawling, ambitious, engrossing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Feels unfinished, meandering. Doesn't offer anything new. No first-hand interviews with Julian Assange or Bradley Manning.