Snowden

ONE NATION UNDER SURVEILLANCE FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. 

In 2013, former NSA employee Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) clandestinely meet with two journalists and a documentary filmmaker in Hong Kong to tell them the story of why he decided to expose the U.S. government’s wide-ranging surveillance of citizens. We already have Laura Poitras’s documentary Citizenfour (2014) covering what Snowden exposed, but Oliver Stone’s film dramatizes his life from Army basic training up until the meeting in Hong Kong. The process behind Snowden’s decision to become a whistleblower is effectively illustrated; well made, but we don’t really learn anything new.

2016-U.S.-Germany. 134 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Oliver Stone. Screenplay: Oliver Stone, Kieran Fitzgerald. Books: Anatoly Kucherena (”Time of the Octopus”), Luke Harding (”The Snowden Files”). Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Edward Snowden), Shailene Woodley (Lindsay Mills), Melissa Leo (Laura Poitras), Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood… Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson.

Trivia: Snowden himself makes an appearance near the end. Margot Robbie was allegedly considered for the part of Lindsay.

 

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