Movie Review in a Nutshell: Snowden
We had the pleasure of catching Snowden at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. As an added bonus we even had director Oliver Stone present the film on stage. He thanked his staff as you would expect but he also thanked the film distribution company, Open Road Films, for having the ‘courage’ to share this movie considering its sensitive topic. That statement was enough to set the tone and highlight the severity of Edward Snowden’s story.
*Spoiler alert* If you don’t watch the news or have never heard of Edward Snowden.
In 2013, Snowden blew the whistle that the U.S. government more specifically the National Security Agency (NSA) were spying on everyone, which inevitably lead to the world questioning their own on and offline privacy.
The film itself follows Edward Snowden’s story as a former CIA agent and NSA contractor. Joseph Gordan-Levitt does a convincing job portraying our lead. He even throws his own voice to mimic the flat dry tone the real Edward carries. We’re taken – slowly – through Snowden’s experiences in an effort to highlight what actually pushed him to make the leap. It’s certainly interesting subject matter and something we would reccommend watching but there were moments that simply fell flat and didn’t feel as though they added to the experience.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced adventure this title likely isn’t for you but if you want an in-depth look at one of the boldest people of our generation you should certainly check it out.
Check out the trailer, which includes Joseph Gordan-Levitt’s killer Snowden voice.
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