#SnowdenMovie – Review

Snowden – Budget of $40 million – 2 hours and 14 minutes

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Snowden
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In a hotel room in Tokyo, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras sit down to interview Edward Snowden. With just a Rubix Cube, Snowden has the power to take down the NSA’s biggest secret (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Before they start on how Snowden got the information, Greenwald and Poritras want to know more about Edward Snowden: The Man. He was a high school dropout, administratively discharged solider, CIA contractor, hacker, and NSA spy. Just to name a few jobs. While training at the CIA, he learns about the FISA courts. These courts cases are held in secret to issue warrants for surveillance, which Snowden sees merit. Next, when Snowden is working at the NSA, he is given unauthorized access to secret programs. That’s when he learns that the Government will and can spy on anyone, at anytime, for any reason. At first, Snowden is on the Government’s side and feels the is doing his patriotic duty. However as time goes on, Snowden is disillusion by the use and collection of this information. Snowden becomes increasingly paranoid and starts to have epileptic seizures due to stress. And to make matters harder, his girlfriend wants to know how to help, but he can’t talk about his job. So is Snowden a Patriot or is he a Traitor? You will need to watch and decide for yourself.

Based on the book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, Snowden doesn’t portray him as someone out to get the government (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). He wanted to be in the military and fight for his country after September 11th. Working for the CIA was just a way to fight for his country without a gun. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does not disappoint. He nails Snowden’s voice and subtle nuances seen in every interview. Shailene Woodley shines a light on the woman who has loved Snowden and followed him through all his trails and tribulations. The downfall of this movie, while extremely informative, is it’s pure length. It feels very heavy and bogged down. The final data capture, albeit true, is not as exciting and nerve racking as you would like to see. It’s easy to nod off in this movie. See it at matinee price or wait for Netflix

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Well Snowden you have come to the right whore house – Hank Forrester

Come on, Big Ears – Lindsay Mills

Whatever you want – Corbin O’Brian

It sounds really cool to have top security clearance – Edward Snowden

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