Snowden

The only safe place is on the run
The only safe place is on the run

SNOWDEN (15)

D: Oliver Stone

Open Road/Endgame/Wild Bunch/Krautpack/Onda/Vendian (Moritz Borman, Eric Kopelhoff, Philip Schulz-Deyle & Fernando Sulichin)

US/Germany 2016

134 mins


Biopic/Political


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.

6/10


Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden