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01/29/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Snowden - Watch Jason Bourne instead. More action.

The true life story of Edward Snowden is tailor made for a director like Oliver Stone who cut his teeth on political dramas like JFK, Salvador, and Nixon. However, Stone wastes precious time on melodrama and hyperbolic posturing instead of the actual case itself. Let me put it this way. Snowden does not become a true whistleblower until an hour and 45 minutes into this two and a half hour film. It's a slog to get through.
The cast is not slouching though, to their credit. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is near perfect as the paranoid patriot who becomes ashamed of his government's activities. Shailene Woodley gives a compassionate performance as his girlfriend. The other actors honestly come and go. Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, and Joely Richardson play reporters trying to get his top secret inf...

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09/19/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Watch 'Citizenfour' Instead

'Snowden' is the biopic of famed whistleblower Edward Snowden. Story details the events in his life leading into the major leak of classified information - including his many assignments for the CIA and eventual resignation. The film lays out his side of the ordeal in an easily understood manner for anyone without familiarity. On that level, Oliver Stone gets his point across. His one-sided politically charged reasonings for making half of his filmography are filled with passion. Even if you don't always agree with the director's viewpoints, you can still plainly find his stance and (possibly) be swayed in some manner. That passion is missing from this latest effort. The whole movie exists to tell one particular point and not tell a compelling story. It's upheld by a sluggish plot...

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