Open Road/Endgame/Wild Bunch/Krautpack/Onda/Vendian (Moritz
Borman, Eric Kopelhoff, Philip Schulz-Deyle & Fernando Sulichin)
W: Oliver Stone & Kieran Fitzgerald [based on the books
'The Snowden Files' by Luke Harding & 'Time Of The Octopus' by Anatoly Kucherena]
DP: Anthony Dod Mantle
Ed: Alex Marquez & Lee Percy
Mus: Craig Armstrong
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Edward Snowden), Shailene Woodley
(Lindsey Mills), Melissa Leo (Laura Poltras), Zachary Quinto (Glenn Greenwald), Tom Wilkinson (Ewan McAskill), Rhys Ifans (Corbin O'Brien), Nicolas Cage (Hank Forrester)
No stranger to controversial material, director Oliver Stone
brings to the screen this biopic of Edward Snowden, who revealed CIA secrets to the press and blew the whistle on some of their methods of public surveillance.
The film begins with Snowden's blossoming career in the CIA,
following an accident which cut his service in the army short, and it does become obvious that some of the scenes have been dramatised.
The performances are very good, however, especially from
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title character and Rhys Ifans as an unscrupulous government senior, but Nicolas Cage is wasted in a minor cameo role.
Snowden's story was also tackled in the critically-praised
documentary Citizen Four.