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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

The Fifth Estate trailer: here, have some Benedict Cumberbatch

The Wikileaks movie. And wow, Cumberbatch really sounds like Julian Assange.

Looking forward to this one. Though I’m getting pretty frustrated with these social-justice movies. Not the movies themselves — I don’t mean that. I mean, we never seem to get the consciousness-raising that should accompany them. There will be an Edward Snowden film at some point — in fact, I bet there are competing projects jockeying for position already in Hollywood. And all most people will care about is “Ooo, who is playing Snowden?” But everyone will shrug at the NSA stuff and say, “Well, what do you expect?”

Most people seem to want to pretend that they aren’t already characters in these dramas.

I hope to be wrong about that. Maybe a breaking point is somewhere just over the horizon…

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  • Prankster36

    Man, I really hope they don’t turn this into a hagiography. I’m glad Assange is out there stirring shit up, but he really, really doesn’t seem to be a nice guy at all.

  • He may or may not be a nice guy. But that’s got nothing to do with the stuff he leaked. That stuff is true (or not) regardless of whether he’s an asshole.

  • Prankster36

    No question, and I’m not trying to be one of those idiots who try to direct attention from what he revealed by slinging stones at his character. Plus, of course, someone in his position is likely to be the target of smear campaigns, so you do have to take things with a grain of salt.

    But I hate it when movies try to pretend that people who do great or significant things are, therefore, heroic and wonderful people. You don’t have to be a right-wing chest thumper (or a hardcore Obama partisan) to be troubled about some of the accusations regarding molestation and sexual assault that have been leveled at the guy. Likewise, there are many who feel he hung Bradley Manning out to dry, or has in other ways mishandled the explosive revelations in his care. I’m not making any flat claims about all this stuff, as it’s all a huge, shadowy tangle that will probably not be clarified for years, but I hope the movie at least makes an honest attempt to get to the truth, even if that doesn’t paint Assange in the most flattering light. If nothing else, the guy seems to have a rather enormous ego on him.

  • RogerBW

    I find this sort of film very often very preachy, which tends to reinforce the opinions people have already reached whether pro or anti. I wonder, though, whether the existence of films like this may to some extent satisfy people’s urge to do something…

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