Snowden - SHOWTIMES


Snowden - SHOWTIMES (2016)


Snowden

IMDB - Score
7.4/10
(47197)
Release Date:
15.10.2016
Genre:
Drama, Thriller
Length:
134 Minute
Director
Cast:
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Movie Plot

CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.





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Blanche Mason ( 2017-02-14 )

Snowden was a Patriot
 

I don't understand people that complain about this movie. There is zero to complain about in this movie. You got to wonder if the low reviews are government paid employees or just Oliver Stone haters. I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. I was mesmerized from the beginning of the film until the end. I honestly had no idea it ran two hours and 20 minutes. A movie is never too long if you don't look at your phone and check the time. Myself, nor did anyone in the theater once look down at their phone. The movie had great cinematography, excellent pacing, strong emotional dialogue, and solid character/relationship arcs. You can't ask for much more of a drama based on a true story. Excellent job Oliver. Welcome back! The truth is people don't want to hear it. If it doesn't directly affect their cozy iPhone streaming lives, than they don't want to hear about it. They don't want to hear that they are wage slaves. They don't want to hear that there is no such thing as privacy in this country. They don't want to hear that the government isn't a democracy. People don't want to hear that the American government isn't a government at all, and that it's been replaced by a multi-national fortunate 100 corporate conglomeration funded by the international banking cartel. People don't want to know the truth. I'd venture a guess that most of the people that rated this movie poorly didn't even see the movie. These are the same people that can't handle the truth. Open your eyes people. Don't be another corporate wage slave.



Dwayne Horton ( 2017-02-27 )

Excellent movie, well worth the price of admission.
 

Very well made movie, very well acted, and directed. Going in I was worried that the movie would turn into an action thriller or a love story that would cloud what really happened. I was pleasantly surprised to find a step by step account of real events with a deep look at what goes on behind the scenes at the various spy agencies. Personally I would have liked a little more time spent on the politicians (and other behind the scenes players) and how they acted before and after the Snowden revelations, but maybe that's a topic for another movie… I would recommend this movie to anyone interested in modern history and geopolitics…



Homer Mcgee ( 2017-02-01 )

Riveting! Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an Oscar-worthy performance.
 

The great director who's not afraid to tackle matters of war, conspiracy and controversial American political issues, has returned. Only this time, Oliver Stone has upgraded his latest film's look and tone to make it seem more digitally advanced, which is fine because it fits the story of Edward Snowden and we're living in this day and age where every millennial's favorite series happens to be "Mr. Robot." SNOWDEN, as you've guessed it, is a thriller about the whistleblower and former intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden, played in this film by the talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt. "Divergent" star, Shailene Woodley plays his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, who stays by his side through his ordeals of working for the government due to his patriotism while at the same time feeling conflicted about how the government runs its methods in the name of national security. This film dramatizes the events that led Snowden to becoming one of the most wanted men in the world. ..



Connie Gutierrez ( 2017-03-03 )

Reflection of my expectations
 

Arguing about gender identity and racial issues completely misses the substance, the real issues of what happens when we let government expand it's powers under the pretext of terrorism, after a tragedy that shut down all thinking. Powered by genuine fear of terrorists created as a result of imperialistic and abusive foreign policy, the American public has ignored waste of tens of billions of tax-dollars that could've been spent on health care, infrastructure and education. Developed in secrecy, perfected on 'worthless' Muslims in Middle-East, everything from surveillance blimps to state-sponsored malware is now rapidly being deployed in homeland: US is being torn apart not just by racial issues, but by the ever increasing wealth gap, the scale of which according to a recent study, most American haven't even got a clear understanding of. ..



Sophia Moreno ( 2017-01-08 )

Oliver Stone Served his Country
 

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Mitchell Silva ( 2017-01-19 )

SNOWDEN--Blowing The Whistle On Government Malfeasance, And Paying The Price
 

I have to save the 10/10 for those that deserve it and this one does. I saw this at the opening in Toronto and came into it with a critical eye, having seen Citizen Four and having a good knowledge of the events that unfolded throughout the story recounted in this film. Understandably, some weren't sure if all the shocking events in the film actually happened in the manner they were portrayed, so it's possible the public at large will never actually know just how accurate and important this film is. It all happened. And more. A lot of content didn't make it into the film but Stone's editing choices were sound. Oliver Stone's faithfulness to the facts is astounding. Nothing was distorted or sacrificed for entertainment value. For a filmmaker to show this constraint is rare because it puts at risk the approval of a large portion of the audience. And it shows his true intent, even if Stone claims he was not trying to inspire activism. Snowden Portrayal: Excellent acting, understated; that's Snowden. Greenwald Portrayal: Brilliant acting, and sometimes I got the eerie feeling I was actually watching Greenwald, though the role was perhaps a little too emotional at times when the real Greenwald would have kept his composure. On Laura Poitras actually being in the film: It was justice that Stone actually gave her character a role in the film, since Laura herself never does, and she deserves credit for what she has done. She risked her life many times over to bring us the facts in Citizen Four. Oliver Stone served his country in making this film and by doing justice to the bravery of Snowden. Perhaps the world will be more inclined to care about what is taking place right in front of us once this film is available to all.



Bryan Flores ( 2017-01-15 )

I think it might be Oliver Stone's best film yet
 

By far the biggest story of U.S. government malfeasance was uncovered in 2013, when a young man named Edward Snowden leaked out to the media and the world at large that his employers at the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, besides spying on other countries, and terrorist organizations around the world, were also spying on all the electronic communications of everybody in the United States itself. These revelations made him a man without a country, and a fugitive charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 for allegedly revealing classified information that compromised the security and the lives of U.S. surveillance agents all over the world. It also made him perhaps the most dangerous whistleblower of government overreach in history, or at least since Daniel Ellsberg. And unsurprisingly, it was Oliver Stone, the director best known for his critiques of American political behavior with PLATOON, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, JFK, and NIXON, who stepped into the breach of this, maybe the most important political story of our time, with SNOWDEN. ..



Janet Chambers ( 2017-03-02 )

Let's bring Snowden back home.
 

I know he won best picture for platoon - which also was a serious endeavour - but its behind us. Vietnam is over, Vietnam is done. Snowden lives. Actually, Snowden escaped and survived. He went to what might be the only place people can be protected from US government agencies. I would like to think all whistle blowers would have to do is cross into Canada but then Snowden would know. He was smart - he is smart. I remember Bambi Bembenek. She blew a whistle too and made it to Canada. Poor thing. This is a must see for all except those that don't care their protection set forth by the founders of the United States can be taken away by bullies, perhaps corrupted by limitless power of a new industrialized intelligence complex. Masterful work by Oliver Stone. Thanks for bringing it to Tiff. Oliver, please ask for a theatre more appropriate for Q&A for Snowden 2.0



Elmer Stevenson, ( 2017-03-11 )

there's more than meets the eye
 

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Gail Logan ( 2017-03-26 )

Well laid out movie.
 

I saw this movie as part of a small audience. Years ago, when the story was on the nightly news, Our USA news media had distorted the story so badly that I thought that Snowden was a spy. Now, I doubt that he was. There was a question asked of President Obama that made it clear for me. "Do you now consider Snowden to be a spy or a whistle blower?" I think this is a very Good movie. The small audience applauded at the end. It seems to be pretty clear that Snowden blew the whistle on "Big Brother". You should go to see this movie. Take some friends with you. There is very good dramatic acting. Good directing even though Oliver Stone does make it very dark. Snowden wanted to stop government spying on anyone. He would be a much better option for President than either of our current choices. I admit to being an Oliver Stone fan. His movies go into details that our news media ignores. Maybe we should try to get Snowden to come back so we can hear his version of what actually happened.



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