Massive issue that needs endless scrutiny and attention. This movie however was abysmal. Long quiet moments like a bad first date. Strange unpreparedness on Snowdens behalf as he continues to answer the phone in his hotel room and tells reporters that they have the wrong number. Weird. However I believe Poitras would have found it incredibly difficult to do any better given the explosive nature of the material and the inability to know what was about to happen at any time. Would have preferred more post followup and any actual powerpoint slides to be included. But the reasons they were not is I am sure obvious.
Surprisingly, this film opens with a scene that makes you want to watch... although for a director writers first movie it definitely has small issues where the pace lacks momentum and that does allow the viewer time to look critically at the method. They are forgivable, and in no way make me want to do anything other than - see it all.
Some very simple and seriously thought out composition of shots which to me were fantastic.
Very nice story…
Harry Potter meets The Worst Episode of Stargate you can imagine, but slash the budget, take all the actors on a weekend long bender and shoot the whole thing in one day - on the Monday. Use a game of Donkey Kong meets Tron as the entire plot and give Harry a confusing couple of adolescent love interests to confuse him. Add mega 'lasers'.
Should you sit down to watch this I would hope you don't tell anyone you have. They will judge you.