Snowden Review

I must admit that I’ve been wanting to see Snowden ever since I saw the trailer back in September because, firstly, I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt and, secondly, I found the whole story very intriguing – somebody is literally well-aware of the fact that I’m writing this review using WordPress, they know how stupid I probably look staring directly at the screen because my webcam is not covered and, hell, they probably even know who I texted ten minutes ago and whose photos I liked on Instagram. And I can only hope that SOMEHOW nobody has access to my Snapchat history… Anyway, do you see where I’m going? It’s intriguing and scary at the same time. So last night, I convinced my parents to finally watch Snowden with me and, honestly, they were more impressed than I.

Snowden is a biographical drama about the computer pro Edward Snowden who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency back in 2013. This resulted in Snowden being charged with theft of government property violating the Espionage Act, which lead to his escape to Russia where he still resides. The movie shows who Snowden was, how he struggled in the army, and how he used his brilliant mind for his nation, becoming an important figure in government agencies such as NSA and CIA.

As much as I like the story behind Snowden, I think the movie is mediocre at best because, firstly, it feels so long that you kind of forget what it even started with (movies longer than 2h are too long – and yes, even Titanic!!!) and secondly, it’s extremely monotone. I was expecting a huge climax when Snowden was copying the files and leaking them but, instead, it felt like any other scene from the movie – no adrenaline, no nothing. Snowden’s story is a very good one that could have been made into a great exhilarating movie, WHICH it would have been had it been shorter! After 1h30m I checked the time, and as soon as I start checking how much there is left of a movie, I know that I’m losing interest. However, my parents seemed elated that there was 45 more minutes to go… But hey, they are people who have the time and interest to watch Titanic and Schindler’s List 573,634,087 times.

As I mentioned, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the actors I truly respect, and his portrayal of Edward Snowden was decent and his chemistry with Shailene Woodley was good. I didn’t know Shailene was that good, by the way! I was also pleasantly surprised by Scott Eastwood – he isn’t only a “child of a celebrity”, he does have talent. Hurray for the Eastwood genes! Considering the casting combined with the overall story, the length, and the background story, I will give Snowden two decent clapperboards out of five.


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