Flash Movie Review: Snowden

Go ahead call me paranoid, I have been called worse; but I try to do as little as possible any personal business on the internet. When I am forced to purchase an item online and the site asks me if I want to save my charge card information I always decline the offer. I am sure I mentioned this before but I do not have an ATM card; I have heard so many horror stories about people having their identity stolen that I do not need to have that easy of an access to my bank. This week the news reported a major hacking of a popular web site; what was it, up to 50 million people may have had their information stolen? I do not want to tempt fate but I have had 3 incidents where my credit card information was stolen. One of those times it was the restaurant waitress serving us who took down my credit card info and tried to make a purchase with it. Fortunately the issuing banks caught each of the incidents immediately and closed my account. On one of this site’s social media outlets I have been reading about a follower who had their personal information stolen and now the thief has been reaching out to all of the victim’s contacts for money. The impersonator wrote their banking information was hacked so the bank froze the account, asking the contacts if they could float some money until everything gets resolved. Can you believe this?!?! So feel free to call me old fashioned or behind the times; I would rather have peace of mind instead of fighting to get my stolen identity back. This dramatic action biography did nothing to calm me down.   DISCOVERING where the government was searching for information Edward Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Walk, Don Jon), decided he could no longer be part of the process. Based on the book “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” this movie was co-written and directed by Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers, Any Given Sunday). Joseph did a fantastic job of acting in this role, but he was not alone. There was Shailene Woodley (The Fault in our Stars, Divergent franchise) as Lindsay Mills, Zachary Quinto (Star Trek franchise, Margin Call) as Glen Greenwald, Melissa Leo (Prisoners, The Fighter) as Laura Poitras and Tom Wilkinson (Belle, Michael Clayton) as Ewen MacAskill. There were times during this picture where I thought the story was powerful and tense. As I alluded to earlier, I was stunned seeing some of the surveillance techniques that were depicted in several scenes. Though the acting was wonderful, I felt the script was scattered in parts. There were scenes of Edward in the military, scenes with Lindsay and current scenes that made the flow of the story a bit jagged. I felt the story itself was substantial; it was the main drive in grabbing my attention. Without getting into the politics of Edward’s actions; based on the story that was presented here, I left the theater feeling like I was entertained. Yet I was more scared than when I first arrived to see this film.

 

2 ¾ stars

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 23, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Saw the previews for this when we saw Anthropoid. Unsure how I feel about this one as to me it seems too soon to be making a movie about him. I have always felt that a moratorium should be held among directors that movies about real incidents should be made at minimum 20 years after the said incident because it’s too close to when it happened. Very much like movies about ISIS or Desert Storm etc. That would be like doing a movie bio pic about Robin Williams or Steve Irwin. Too soon. Doesn’t matter whether the main character dies or goes to prison. Plus telling people about the potential surveillance systems in the world now just causes paranoia and mental fear as you had mentioned. Makes you think twice about using your cell phone or computer right?!

    • I understand where you are coming from regarding holding off for 20 years. My fear is with everyone seeming to have short attention spans, by the time 20 years comes along no one will care. How sad. Honestly after seeing this film you are right about the cell phones and computers. Thanks for the comments.

  2. Many movies are propaganda. This one is not.

  3. I’m with you about the ATM cards.

    You’re correct, it is a substantial story. Without him, few of us would know the extent of the egregious actions against the people of the USA and the world. It is said by many that we owe this brave man a debt of gratitude. He deserves a film worthy of his sacrifice.

  4. Then please do NOT watch the tv series called “Person of Interest” it shows significant detail as a fictional but am told it’s closer to reality than we would like to think!

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