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Part real-life thriller, part sobering examination of 21st century civil liberties, Citizenfour transcends ideology to offer riveting, must-see cinema.
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There's footage from within the Ecuadorian embassy in London as Julian Assange helps with the flight that takes Snowden to Moscow, where he claims political asylum. These scenes give the film an unprecedented level of immediacy and dramatic tension.
Poitras' movie works even better as a horror picture -- perfect for Halloween week.
This thoughtful film is designed with taste.
The message of the movie is as clear as Siberian ice: Whether you're a Tea Partier, an Occupier or just an ordinary Joe, you might be the next citizen who's stranded in limbo.
Filmmaker Laura Poitras paints a frankly terrifying picture of the loss of liberty involved in the widespread government gathering of the communication done by ordinary Joes on a daily basis.
Citizenfour argues that when we lose our personal privacy, we also lose our liberty, because fear overcomes our freedom of speech.
Citizenfour, I had to keep reminding myself, shows us history in the making. I had to keep telling myself what I was seeing was important because most of it is otherwise pretty dull.
Watching this real-time whistleblowing is nothing short of unbelievable.
Poitras takes the facts at face value considering her source is an enemy of the state, but the revelations are no less reeling.
What seems most remarkable in that hotel room in Hong Kong is Snowden's freedom from anxiety.
Laura Poitras took on a massive project when she set out to make CitizenFour, and she succeeds in capturing and unveiling this extraordinary moment in journalism that we, on the outside, never see.
Citizenfour creates a powerful dystopia.
This alarming and terrifying exposé is both a tense real-life espionage thriller that came at the right moment when the events were still fresh in people's minds and a fascinating character study about a brave man who put his life at risk to reveal what he knew to the world.
John Oliver recently interviewed Edward Snowden, in Russia, for a segment on his HBO show "Last Week Tonight." In short the interview simplifyed information surrounding the intelligence agencies' reach into our private lives, the data that Snowden leaked when he became a whistleblower, and how it affects our daily lives. The interview was spawned from an intelligent, beyond tense, and well directed documentary that recently won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, named "Citizenfour."
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An arresting, extremely fascinating look documenting the divulging of sensitive government information by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and how he and the United States reacted once it became public. You do not have to agree with the politics of the situation to still be utterly hooked by what is put on the screen. It is no secret that the government spies on its citizens and has way to much access to what we do in our own time. Whether you agree with Snowden's decision or not, this is still a very well-done movie with the intent to inform the public that invasion of privacy is a very real thing that is only getting worse over time.
"Citizen four," the documentary that took the world by storm, is one of the best I have seen in a very long time. Following a hacker who has been contacted by news stations and looked after by government officials, the film is about the discovery of the hacks around the world what took place a few years ago. In this beautifully constructed dramatic Documentary, the audience follows this young man around as he uncovers secrets of the world and of society in general. Fascinating, heartbreaking, and just interesting all the way through, "Citizenfour" is a film that I would highly recommend even if you are not a big fan of this genre. It is thought-provoking and shows you just how scary the world of technology can really be sometimes. A great film in every sense of the word, even if it does start to feel it's length about halfway through when it becomes a little repetitive. Fantastic and worth the watch!
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