Typical Oliver Stone: overwrought, banal, good actors stuck with histrionic script. Poor Rhys Ifans plays Snowden's boss, is made to look like an idiot.
This drama/thriller film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo, and many more. The movie is about a former National Security Agent who decides to leave the agency so he can reveal the truth about the information that is being hidden from the general public. After leaking classified documents, he became one of the most controversial people in America. This movie was definitely biased and in favor of Snowden’s actions, which I feel took away from the very complex situation and made it harder for the audience to connect to the film. I would rate this true-life story 3.5/5 stars.
@The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
a searing political document with production values to match, the irreversible disintegration of our democratic way of government, watch in horror
This was an interesting venture by Oliver Stone. The ideas covered are pretty interesting and it never really slows down for a moment. At times a romance, sometimes espionage and drama too, it has a pretty good mix. Not sure this movie made me think of him as a hero, but it was pretty interesting. Nothing special though.
When Oliver Stone loves you, you will be portrayed as a saint complete with a glowing music store that will ensure you have your place in the immortality of public imagination. Even though the real Snowden makes an appearance in this film I would sooner recommend the documentary Citizen Four if you really want to know the story unfettered by Hollywood hyperbole.
Very good representation of the actual events! It is probably going to be scary to some people who haven't considered that any connected device can be "hot mic'ed" by the federal hackers. That means your laptop, your desktop, and even your smart TV if it has a camera, can be used covertly to spy upon you in situations that you think are very private. Once again the buzzword is connected. If your privacy is truly important, simply resign yourself to the fact that when you are accessing the internet it is not private. Enjoy the movie, don't get too scared.
I just finished watching. It is powerful movie. I wonder if US still snoop own citizens plus other countries. Prob not but still with facebook scandal not sure online media good to trust what we post.
I really enjoyed the movie it is scary to know along time ago ; people read the mail and sealed it back, then the telephone was "wiretapping" now the computer is another entity, scary on the progression of lost in privacy. Just like anyone can take a picture of you with the phone and your personal stiff is lost. Love the movie for awareness to the public I think I will go back to primitive technology;people know how to move forward but loose the ways of the old in the process ...cheers to the movie 4 thumbs..sign language...part of the movie ..did you catch it
Not a bad movie. It had a different perspective of showing who Snowden is. It has a clear path on what Snowden was before knowing him as a hacker that leak the secret document of the government surveillance. The movie is really persuasive and Joseph-Gordon Levitt delivers a powerful performances to Snowden. I may have a little different opinion towards Snowden after watching this movie. He may be a traitor, but his agenda really revealed the dark side of the US government.
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