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Underground: The Julian Assange Story - Film Review

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by Todd Newton (subscribe)
Published March 16th 2013
Julian Assange on the big screen

There are few films in-between that depict the early life of infamous figures in such a dramatic way, but 'Underground: The Julian Assange Story' manages to form the two quite well.

Set in the late 1980s, at a time where computers had just became popular in Australian society and where it's practicality became basic in Australia....

The film tells the narrative of how Julian Assange, as a boy in his late teens, gained the capability to hack into the confidential computer systems of the U.S Military Government. The narrative follows the struggle for Julian to steal software that allows him to find the password of a U.S corporal so that he can gain access to files, regarding military targets on civilian areas.

What makes the film worth watching is that the story-line rarely lags. Something significant is always happening in the film, par the beginning. From the depiction of Julian's issues with his girlfriend on a personal level, to his challenge of uncovering a top secret U.S operation while the Federal Police chase his every move. Essentially, it's a cat and mouse game where the hourglass of time is dwindling for Assange to decode the U.S military data with the Federal Police on his coat-tails. It is an easy film to glue your eyes to, especially for people who know little about Julian Assange's life.

Sure, the film has its bad moments. Sometimes, the film deviates slightly over a melodramatic line. When Julian Assange and his 'to-be' girlfriend Electra first meet, they do so at a railway station. Yet the circumstances around the meeting don't seem realistic where Electra asks Julian if he is stalking her even though he arrived at the platform before she did. The circumstances of the meeting don't seem grounded.

But if you have a keen interest in the Julian Assange story, then the film is certainly worth watching. The biographical information will validate or add on to what you already know about Assange. Even if you know little about the man, the suspense of the film will still keep many interested.
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Why? For those with a keen interest in the life of Julian Assange
Where: In selected cinemas
Your Comment
Its a must view movie if you want to get past all the media and government bluff and coverup of "he said & we said" & " he did and we didn't" ....
It makes you realise that the worldly governments really have nothing to worry about from Mr Assange... if they have done no wrong.
The more wrong doings the governments have been doing, the more afraid they are of Mr Assange. (so you can see why the usa wants to silence him)
The truth is out there and Mr Assange is just sharing it with us citizens of the world. We vote them in and we have a right to know what they are doing.
I guess he is a bit like the now defunct Democrats party and their slogan of "keeping the bastards honest".
by samir (score: 2|126) 2404 days ago
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