Movie of the Week: Snowden

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to watch Laura Poitras’ riveting documentary about the man who changed the perception of government’s ability to discern privacy and security. No matter who you talk to, this man will be associated with the terms “whistleblower,” “traitor,” “defector,” “liability,” “hero,” “snitch,” etc. Oliver Stone’s latest feature is centered around the infamous NSA analyst who sent shockwaves throughout the entire intelligence community and the world by sharing vital intel among the public and in fear for his safety as well as the woman he loves, he fled. The man in question is Edward Snowden, who is portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Oliver Stone’s film is simply titled Snowden.

What am I expecting to see?: While I had the opportunity to watch CitizenFour and I certainly enjoyed watching what I saw, I feel that a film like Snowden could give audiences a better look at the man who shook the intelligence community to its core; who he was before the NSA, what he did, the truth behind his motivations and above all, how he came to do what he did. In my opinion, this film could be boom or bust and I wouldn’t be shocked if it went either way. Gordon-Levitt leads a talented cast including Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Zachary Quinto, Nicholas Cage, Melissa Leo and Timothy Olyphant, and I hope that Snowden can be a movie that shakes up the climate of the films released this season.

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