Assange was right to lambast Cumberbatch for taking on a painfully subjective account of the notorious Wikileaks founder. Whilst his performance is perfectly fine, the arc of the film is completely lacking in nuance. A shame. What it did reveal was the nature of establishment propaganda rather than the arguable villainy of Julian.
Entertaining, dense, ambitious and technically astute film that didn't deserve the box office death it received on release last fall. Problem may have been the media's quest to make Cumberbatch a star while ignoring the merits of the actual picture. That Assange trivialized it only make sense in what book was being adapted. Over dramatized at times but wildly entertaining with a great turn by Bruhl. Seek it out.
Benedict truly shines and stands out, so much as if he's the only one to give a damn about this film. He elevates to the best of his abilities otherwise mundane and biased script, not to mention unfocused direction, awful music and bizarre editing, leaving the film somewhere between Bourne and Social Network. Shame, because the casting was great and it is one of the most important stories of our time.