Oliver Stone is known for making polarizing films. It’s clear which direction he’s leaning in all his films and he’s not shy about his opinions, nor should he be. This film is another example of his incredible ability to make a film and tell a story. So let’s dive in and take a look at my thoughts on “Snowden” in this box office review…
This film is based on the life of Edward Snowden who climbed the ranks of US Intelligence to eventually become public enemy #1 here in the USA and fled to Russia. This story is based on a real life person and real life events, for those of you reading this who aren’t familiar with his life and the recent events that led to this film being made. If you are familiar with the story you may have a preconceived notion on wether this man is a patriot or a traitor. If you have not seen this film yet, by the end of the movie you will have made your decision if Snowden is a patriot or a traitor.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Snowden and I thought his performance was great. He plays socially awkward, hyper intelligent, determined, nervous, cautious, in love, pleased and upset all to the standard I have come to appreciate from his performances. The supporting cast in this film is also excellent with Zachary Quinto, Nicholas Cage, Rhys Ifans, Shailene Woodley and Tom Wilkinson all adding to the this incredible story of an American hero or enemy. If you follow the link at the end of this review it connects to the Snowden IMDB page to see these actors profiles.
I won’t be getting into much of the film because you need to decide if Snowden is a patriot or traitor by seeing this movie. I don’t want my opinion of the film to reveal anything that should be experienced by watching the movie. I will say this, I walked into the theater knowing about the events and had preconceived notions about my feelings towards his actions. I also had some questions about his experience and level of access being someone who was just supposed to be a “Contract” employee. This film answered all the questions I had and even some I didn’t know I could have. This movie explains and shows how a “contract” employee could have such high levels of access and how he was able to get the information to the American people, and the world. It also explains how he was able to get past US Security, get onto a plane and get over to Russia, where he’s currently living.
“Snowden” is in theaters now! I definitely recommend you see this film. If you think he’s a hero, if you think he’s a traitor, if you don’t know anything about him but like JGL performances, go see this movie. It’s full of great acting. It’s a story told well. Oliver Stone delivers another fantastic movie for us about real life events. This movie will open up the door for discussion and you’ll probably see things a little differently leaving the theater. I was impressed at how much I enjoyed this film, but not by much because I knew Stone and JGL would deliver.