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Oliver Stone


Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Shailene Woodley
Tom Wilkinson
Zachary Quinto
Melissa Leo
Timothy Olyphant





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A look into the not-so-simple life of Edward Snowden, a CIA employee who would become responsible for the most sever case of leaking classified documents -a decision that continues to reverberate to this day. -- Chris Kavan

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Chris Kavan 11/23/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Sure the pace is a bit slow, the story fully one-sided and Oliver Stone feels like he's coasting a big but Snowden loses none of the impact. A lot of credit goes to Joseph Gordon-Levitt for another spot-on performance, and an excellent supporting cast including Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Timothy Olyphant and, surprisingly, even Nicholas Cage. And, in the case of the last film I saw Gordon-Levitt, there is also an accompany documentary that is must-see viewing, Citizenfour from Laura Poitras (which overlaps some with this film). Watch both, you'll be more informed and angrier than ever.

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Amy 09/20/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Nicely restrained in tone, to the point of sometimes being a bit boring. A little hagiographic for my tastes, but makes its points clearly and compellingly.

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Movie God

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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Movie God

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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