We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaksClosed Captioning
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Watch it now while it’s in theaters. From Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney comes this gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. Paralleling Assange’s rise and fall with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the troubled young soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a “riveting, nail-bitingly tense” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly), multi-layered exposé about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 60
- Fresh: 56
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The movie's especially deft at exposing spin, whether it's the US media's or Assange's.
Fresh: Engaging, kinetic, revelatory and unexpected.
Fresh: How do you make this a motion picture? Some might call it sleight-of-hand, but it's something Mr. Gibney has proved himself adept at time and time again ...
Fresh: Despite its wonky-Washington theme, We Steal Secrets ends up being a surprisingly soulful and, yes, even moving story of hubris, good intentions and mistakes.
This film is interprets acts of conscience and heroism by Assange and Manning as misguided or criminal. It holds up the powerful—who are responsible for the plethora of war crimes Manning and Assange exposed—as, by comparison, trustworthy and reasonable. Manning is portrayed as a pitiful, naive and sexually confused young man. Assange, who created the WikiLeaks site so whistle-blowers could post information without fear of being traced, is presented as a paranoid, vindictive megalomaniac and a sexual deviant. “We Steal Secrets” is agitprop for the security and surveillance state.
What a story!
Honestly, I have followed the Wikileaks story pretty closely, so I wasn't expecting much from the film. Was I wrong. The movie is gripping, moving and in the end intensely compelling. Tightly edited, well written, it propels you forward. If losing a sense of time passing it a mark of being involved in a film, then I was totally in. I had no idea of time.
I rented the movie at first, but I will purchase it because it so compelling. I should also add that I am no Assange fanatic, nor am I passionately anti Wikileaks. I can see good in both and I can the problems with both. The filmmakers do themselves a world of credit in telling this story without an axe to grind.
Slow, Plodding, Boring
This is the type of movie that gets good reviews because it makes the average person feel informed -- and therefore gives them the illusion of being intelligent -- people like secrets because they seem precious -- but in this case the movie offers nothing that a well read individual would find novel -- just pull yourself away from sports center and reality TV ---