We Steal Secrets
When The Fifth Estate was released in late 2013, the film's subject, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, made no secret of his distaste for the project. He wasn't the only one, as the movie was widely panned, with critics marking Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as the wily Assange the only redeeming factor of the fluffy, melodramatic fare. In comparison, Alex Gibney released his heavily researched doc We Steal Secrets only a few months before. It presents an impressive look at several decades of whistleblowers, with Assange in the foreground. Despite lacking any firsthand testimonial from the holed-up eccentric computer hacker, the documentary still makes an intriguing examination into his life before Wikileaks founding in 2006, and the events that lead up to the landmark information releases in 2009.