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Snowden 
Watch 'Citizenfour' Instead
2/4 stars

'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 containing some biopic specific cliches, a highly conventional structure, and a message that rings somewhere just outside the realm of being called 'propaganda' by some. I happen to agree with the filmmaker's stance on the subject, but that fact garnered no extra incentive for me to like this film more. No singular aspect rises above mediocrity other than Levitt's performance, which itself is just a competent imitation. Honestly, if you're interested in this subject and want to do more than skim the surface, then watch the excellent documentary, 'Citizenfour', instead.


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