'The Fifth Estate' Review: A WikiLeaks Film That Reveals Little

'The Fifth Estate' gets bogged down by a heavy-handed script.

Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a scene from "The Fifth Estate."

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More than anything, "The Fifth Estate" feels like a lost opportunity, considering the source material and the talent that showed up to bring it to life. The legacy of WikiLeaks and the fate of Assange – currently hiding out in London's Ecuadorian embassy – are still being hammered out, so it's nearly impossible to meditate on any long-term implications. But as a close reading of a recent headline-making story, it doesn't reveal much either.

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