If Edward Snowden did not already exist, you would think that he was made up by Oliver Stone! The script is based on the books “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” and tells the story of how Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) made the toughest decision of his life when he decided to go public. He leaked classified information about extensive illegal cyber-snooping on millions of unsuspecting American citizens, which was even unknown to Congress at the time.
The movie is set up as a great espionage thriller and there is action all the way. The production team knew how sensitive this case must have been, especially with Edward Snowden still being held in Russia on asylum. However, they manage to show what a tough decision it must have been for him to go public. There is a lot of feelings and insensitivity throughout the movie. The scenes where he tells the story to three journalists is very catchy and gets the viewers attention – it almost makes you stop breathing and you get goosebumps.
While remembering that this is a movie based on true story, it is one which contributes little or nothing to what is already known. So, if you know a lot about the case, it is not worth a watch. However, if you know nothing about the case and its situation, it will be a splendid thriller to watch, since it gives an insight into an ordinary hacker’s life and how he became the world’s most haunted man. All he ever wanted was to get the truth out, for “without the information, how can we debate the subject?” Some call him a hero, others a traitor. No matter what, he got the whole world listening to him.
Director: Oliver Stone
Release date: 30. September 2016
Text: Marie Sondergaard