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The Buzz:

        This documentary takes a look at the controversial website WikiLeaks, it's founder Julian Assange, and the events that brought them to the world's center stage. Featuring archive footage of Assange and interviews with his co-workers and those he interacted with, this film follows the history of the site, and reveals the details behind it's most controversial leak from the actions of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning.

 

Life of the Party:

        I primarily watched We Steal Secrets due to the fact that my driving desire to stay out of politics in all forms meant that I was largely ignorant of these events when they took place. And coming from that standpoint (and I'm sure as someone who may (think they) know everything there is to know about this), it's a fascinating documentary. It does a very good job of peeling back the politics to reveal a reasonably unbiased (as far as I know anyway) account of history. Though I will say you might find that statement bullshit for the first half of the film, but keep watching and you'll see what I mean. I for one found it interesting how the mood and tone of the film shifts with that of the subjects, which makes the experience that much more encapsulating.

        No matter which side of the argument you fall on, We Steal Secrets is well worth your time if you have even a passing interest in WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, or the massive leak of U.S. secrets.

 

This guy went from unknown, to most hated (by some) man in America, and is now largely forgotten

Potential Hangovers:

        There's really nothing to put here, besides that those who are too cemented in their beliefs (aka people who believe the phrase “well that's my opinion” summons a magical force field against being proven wrong with facts) will not be entertained. But then again I have no time for those kind of people, so I don't really care if they watch it or not.

 

The Vibe: Lazy Afternoon, Solo Experience, Deep Thoughts

        We Steal Secrets, like most documentaries in my opinion, is really best served as a solo endeavor, either as a time killer or if you're looking to actually learn something from the time you waste on Netflix. Fans of the other site-favorite documentary The Pirate Bay; Away from Keyboard will almost certainly enjoy We Steal Secrets (and even notice some familiar faces/events). And much like that film, and unlike most things we review here, it's quite inappropriate as a “drinking film,” since I recommend you actually pay attention to what's going on and think critically.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Very well executed documentary

+ Remarkably fair in its presentation

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