Snowden

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Oliver Stone directs a controversial political film about a government whistleblower in the biography thriller, Snowden. Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an NSA employee who writes code and interprets classified intelligence for the government. He is increasingly disappointed with the way the government is secretively intruding into the lives of the public and shares his feelings with his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley). He also seems pretty unhappy with his girlfriend throughout most of the film.) Snowden receives a promotion and moves to Hawaii where he steals classified material and flies to Hong Kong. (That’s a nice way to thank your boss for a promotion to Hawaii.) He meets with documentary film-maker, Laura Poitras (Melisa Leo) and journalist, Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and gives them the NSA’s confidential documents to share with the world. I was hoping to learn something new about the story of Snowden, but Oliver Stone didn’t shed any new light with this movie. In fact, it’s obvious Oliver Stone applauded Snowden and portrayed him as an upstanding guy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings an intensity and emotion to his character that keeps the film moving at a respectable pace. This movie is supposed to be a political thriller, but I really couldn’t find anything especially thrilling or politically intriguing. Perhaps the greatest benefit of this film are the conversations that will inevitably ensue afterward. Although I didn’t really care for it, I’m giving it a C+ rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.