Snowden

2016, Mystery & thriller/Biography, 2h 14m

261 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Snowden boasts a thrilling fact-based tale and a solid lead performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, even if director Oliver Stone saps the story of some of its impact by playing it safe. Read critic reviews

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Disillusioned with the intelligence community, top contractor Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He now knows that a virtual mountain of data is being assembled to track all forms of digital communication -- not just from foreign governments and terrorist groups, but from ordinary Americans. When Snowden decides to leak this classified information, he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others and a fugitive from the law.

Cast & Crew

Shailene Woodley
Lindsay Mills
Rhys Ifans
Corbin O'Brian
Nicolas Cage
Hank Forrester
Melissa Leo
Laura Poitras
Zachary Quinto
Glenn Greenwald
Tom Wilkinson
Ewen MacAskill
Joely Richardson
Janine Gibson
Scott Eastwood
Trevor James
Ben Schnetzer
Gabriel Sol
Logan Marshall-Green
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LaKeith Stanfield
Patrick Haynes
Oliver Stone
Screenwriter
Max Arvelaiz
Executive Producer
Michael Bassick
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Douglas E. Hansen
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José Ibáñez
Executive Producer
Peter Lawson
Executive Producer
Serge Lobo
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Bahman Naraghi
Executive Producer
Tom Ortenberg
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James D. Stern
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Christopher Woodrow
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Anthony Dod Mantle
Cinematographer
Alex Marquez
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Lee Percy
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  • Aug 15, 2017
    Snowden is a competently made biopic that addresses immediate issues in today's world. Edward Snowden. Some may view him as a criminal for breaking the law and leaking secure information from the NSA, however the film took a more patriotic approach and portrayed him as a hero for revealing this information to the world. It's a very tricky subject. Did he have any right to go against his government and be considered a traitor? Perhaps, if it meant that the public knew that they were being spied on. Privacy is such an integral part of our interconnected lives, so my views may suggest that I agree with Snowden's actions...but as a self-proclaimed critic I shall remain unbiased. As a film, I thought Snowden was actually pretty well executed. Oliver Stone did a great job at balancing Edward's private life with his career which definitely made him more relatable as a character. I really appreciated the technical jargon, as a computer programmer I understood it all and felt like saying "Yes! I could easily become a hacker!". Alas, writing code in film is much easier than in reality...so my genius thoughts were shot down immediately. What really took me by surprise was the cast. ALOT of big names here that I wasn't expecting to see. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was perfect casting, took me a while to tune into his voice imitation of Snowden but I thought he was excellent. Rhys Ifans, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant, Shailene Woodley (who's chemistry with Gordon-Levitt was slightly underdeveloped) and the one...the only...Nicolas Cage. Yes, stop what you are doing and gasp in revelatory excitement...Cagey boy, is in a good film. I thought the dramatic moments were tense, the plot was educational...all the elements for perfection were there. I just felt the structure was too basic and familiar. Nothing extraordinarily groundbreaking. It's a functional biopic and it succeeds in what it sets out to do. I couldn't help but think this was similar to The Fifth Estate...just better. Overall, an enjoyable basic biopic that addresses an important issue.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2017
    From Oliver Stone comes the powerful and provocative political drama Snowden. The film follows the career of NSA analyst Edward Snowden who became a whistleblower, leaking classified surveillance programs developed to fight terrorism. Joseph Gordon-Levitt leads the cast and gives an incredibly good performance. Additionally, the script is especially well-written, showing the moral and legal complexities of surveillance programs along with Snowden's internal struggle with developing and using them. Also, the film doesn't try to paint anyone as a villain, but rather sees surveillance as an insidious outgrowth of the military-industrial complex and advances in telecommunications. Remarkably compelling and intense, Snowden is a well-crafted biopic about one of the most controversial figures in American politics.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2017
    The existence of Laura Poitras "Citizenfour" makes a biopic of Snowden unnecessary and Stone does little to justify this film's existence.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2016
    For once Oliver Stone creates a factual movie that actually plays it safe and doesn't go all out on the subject matter. This makes it far more easier to digest on the whole. A good performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt too.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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