The only safe place is on the run.
CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Shailene Woodley Melissa Leo Zachary Quinto Tom Wilkinson Scott Eastwood Timothy Olyphant Ben Schnetzer Lakeith Stanfield Rhys Ifans Nicolas Cage Joely Richardson Jaymes Butler Robert Firth Ben Chaplin Bhasker Patel Edward Snowden Christy Meyer Gregory Schwabe Patrick Joseph Byrnes Jamie Hodge Mathangi Ray Alan Rusbridger Stephanie Simbeck Logan Marshall-Green Demetri Goritsas Rachel Handshaw Christian Contreras Parker Sawyers Show All…
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I wonder if there's a guy at NSA SIGINT who has to sift through Letterboxd reviews.
When writing a screenplay, one has to ask one's self, "what is this movie about?" I don't necessarily mean the "elevator pitch" but asking what is the subject of the story. In the case of Snowden, I don't believe the screenwriters ever really sat down and figured out what their film is about. Sure, the narrative looks at Edward Snowden and the circumstances that brought him to be a whistle blower, but that's not what this is about. Rather, Snowden is a very confused, flat film that isn't sure if it wants to be a biopic or a new technology focused All the President's Men.
If the film is a biopic, then it certainly enervates Snowden as a character:…
.......anyways i love citizenfour (2014) dir. laura poitras
bleh. was likely destined to live in the shadow of poitras' sublime portrait of how an ordinary citizen, including this particularly mundane, unpretentious one, has the power to shake a nation (Citizenfour) on principle, but did stone have to lean into it so hard? in trying to fit snowden into a traditional Great Man™ biopic, he contradicts the fundamental truths uncovered in that doc, not to mention the very man himself... snowden is indeed a patriot, but he's a patriot because he was just normal dude doing what he felt was right, not because he's a super secret hacker spy genius who had nic cage tell him to distrust the US government.
Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. -Benjamin Franklin
George Orwell's 1984 is one of the greatest novels I've ever read. It showed tremendous insight and forewarning into a future that was closer than people could have imagined at the time. As we get further and further into the digital age, the ideas and themes prevalent in that novel are becoming more and more realistic, and what was previously conceived as fiction is becoming alarmingly factual. Edward Snowden's massive leak of NSA documents and their surveillance activities shook the nation to its core, causing division and a serious change in the perception of how private and free the American life really is.
Edward Snowden is a hero, but the…
This is not a very exciting film; at times, it's downright boring. It feels weirdly sedate for something by Oliver Stone, particularly since Edward Snowden's story touches on so many of his favorite themes: Abuse of government power, paranoia, conspiracies, and young idealists learning brutal lessons about the world. Stone's channeled all of these ideas into some of the most aggressive and intense Hollywood movies of our times. Snowden has very little of that anger. For a movie about our free country's slide into a surveillance state, it's awfully chill. Even Peter Gabriel's plot song, "The Veil," is mellow. Where is the urgency? JFK, a 25 year old movie, feels modern in comparison, particularly in terms of editing and voiceover.
Oliver Stone used to rock us out of our seats and blow our minds (“JFK,” “The Doors,” “Nixon”), but I think that incendiary fire within him is past now. Snowden is a tempered, yet always mindful piece of storytelling on one of the biggest stories of this century. Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in persuasive braniac mode) is the famous whistleblower who leaked to the world that all of our web data and online searches, the cameras on our phones and laptops, had been used by NSA and CIA to spy on us, and nine internet firms were accomplices (example: Google). The director of National Security, Keith Alexander, even lied to Congress! We as a people have naively persisted on with…
As someone who falls confidently into the camp that declares Edward Snowden a hero, this film is impossible for me to review in a way that bears any semblance of objectivity. I have a sticker of his face with the word "TRUTH" on the back of the laptop I am writing this on, and I'll aggressively go to bat for him when anyone vocally criticizes his monumental contribution to our country.
With that in mind, I loved Snowden. I won't claim this is a neutral effort, Stone clearly feels very similarly to myself. He portrays the titular character as a rational, ethical creature; his defining trait being responsibility. Accountability. Rationality. This carries into the film. Stone makes Snowden's case with…
Unfolding with a level-headed clarity and pulsing with impressive tension, Oliver Stone's "Snowden" is a riveting, well-built drama. A biopic and cautionary tale, the film is enough to cause it audience worry about their own technological comings and goings while offering a satisfyingly told and timely story.
Information, manipulation, security, and the abuse of trust drive the tale of Edward Snowden, a CIA programmer who leaked classified material in attempt to expose how certain agencies trample the very freedoms they serve to protect. Stone allows the audience to glimpse bits of Snowden's character, coupling those glimpses with an observation of the US security machine at work.
Stone presents Snowden as a hero. He is a genius revolutionary, exposing truths that…
Snowden is certainly an engaging, accessible movie about a controversial figure, but Stone’s heavy reliance on the romance of Snowden and Lindsay Mills to propel the narrative just make the whole film feel lightweight. Shailene Woodley gets a lot of screentime, but she mostly functions as a reflection of Snowden’s paranoia. Her character comes across as whiny at times.
I’m also not a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s voice affectations. His acting would make a good SNL performance, but in the movie it rings false. He comes across as trying too hard to imitate the real Snowden, but instead ends up sounding more like Ashton Kutcher. Like his performance in The Walk, Gordon-Levitt walks the thin line between becoming the fully realized character and giving a performance that feels like a caricature. And again he falls into the latter.
As someone who also works in tech Edward Snowden is someone I respect very much, but I don't think I need 2 hours plus of it. Probably pretty shocking to those that don't read the news or refuse to watch documentaries and need some corny backstory to latch on to the character. Nic Cage is back baby.
I think I’m still watching this movie
I mean if they wanted me to tape my camera shut they could have just said that. There was no reason for making me sit through this for two whole hours.
Watch Citizenfour first.
- lakeith stanfield is in every movie and if you don’t think he’s in the movie you’re watching, fast forward until you’re well into the second act and he’ll be there i swear.
- goddamn this movie is so preachy
- the dialogue is so dramatic like mf calm down you are a web hacker literally bye
- not another one of these “omg look at this prodigy he is so good at what he does lets show this by having him complete a test 193882661x faster than the average person”
- nicholas cage is in this movie, yes, but he has a total of 4 minutes of screentime why the fuck is that so funny to me
- joseph gordon-levitt…
Just go watch Citizenfour.
wikileaks is crazy dude
aside from them making my man zachary quinto play that punk ass glenn greenwald this was pretty neat!
Did the government make this bad movie so we would believe snowden just a little less?
Watch it if you don't know too much about the Snowden situation.
Another movie with a Nicholas Cage surprise!!
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