I really didn’t know what The Fifth Estate was about when it arrived at my house to review, but I quickly became familiar with the storyline once I read the back of the Blu-Ray cover. I’m not one to watch the news often, but I definitely remembered Julian Assange, the creator of WikiLeaks making headlines. The Fifth Estate stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange and Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Berg. Based on true events, this political thriller takes you behind the scenes of the scandal that made headlines. The Fifth Estate follows Assange’s goal to expose fraud and corruption using the Internet. I’m not someone who usually likes political thrillers/drama, but it was an interesting movie and kept my attention since it was based on a true story.
Below you will find my review of the bonus features found on The Fifth Estate Blu-Ray.
The Submission Platform: Visual Effects – This bonus content was interesting in how they created the movie to depict the platform that Julian created where people could submit information safely and discreetly. The creators had to film multiple passes of Benedict sitting at many different desks doing different things and in different positions and then duplicate these in order to make it seemed like Benedict was sitting at 100 different desks in all directions for the making of the film. To me, this part seemed very Matrix-like if you remember those movies.
In Camera: Graphics – When a movie is centered around communications between people via a computer, it can be a bit difficult to show the computer-based communication between them and maintain interest in what is going on. The creators did a great job of using multiple text colors to represent who was saying what so that you weren’t confused the entire movie. The part that I found very interesting was that they used computers and operating systems that were actually found during the time period so that it really depicted reality 4 years ago – great attention to detail in my opinion.
Scoring Secrets: Being a musician, I always love watching the behind the scenes info on how the soundtrack of the movie was created. I would have never guessed that all of the music was original and that composer Carter Burwell drew inspiration from electronic music found in other countries. The music also made me think of The Matrix once again.
The Fifth Estate releases to Blu-Ray and DVD Tuesday, January 28th.
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