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Snowden

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Oliver Stone
  • 134 mins
  • 15

Summary

Oliver Stone's fact-based thriller about US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who was working for America's National Security Agency when he made public thousands of classified documents. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars, with Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In 2013 former CIA employee Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified government files. His story is nothing short of extraordinary and it is dramatised to entertaining effect in Snowden, a tense political thriller from director Oliver Stone that boasts a strong central performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. After being exposed to a variety of practices that become deeply troubling, Snowden discovers that the National Security Agency is conducting illegal surveillance programs which allow them to spy on ordinary people. He becomes increasingly troubled by this, which causes problems for his long-term girlfriend (Shailene Woodley) and a senior CIA figure (Rhys Ifans), especially when he decides to blow the whistle. Sounding just like the real Edward Snowden, the suitably boyish Gordon-Levitt is completely convincing and endearing as the geeky computer genius who wants to do the right thing. Although the action gets a little cheesy towards the end, it's a return to form for Stone who delivers plenty of intrigue and tension.

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Credits

Cast

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Edward SnowdenJoseph Gordon-Levitt
Lindsay MillsShailene Woodley
Glenn GreenwaldZachary Quinto
Laura PoitrasMelissa Leo
Ewen MacAskillTom Wilkinson
Corbin O'BrianRhys Ifans
Hank ForresterNicolas Cage
Trevor JamesScott Eastwood
Janine GibsonJoely Richardson
CIA Agent GenevaTimothy Olyphant
Gabriel SolBen Schnetzer
Marwan Al-KirmaniBhasker Patel
Robert TibboBen Chaplin
Male Drone PilotLogan Marshall-Green
Assistant Editor, <em>Guardian</em>Nicholas Rowe
ModeratorAlan Rusbridger
Edward SnowdenEdward Snowden

Crew

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DirectorOliver Stone

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo
Released on
2016-12-09
Languages
English | Russian
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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