Snowden movie offers inside look at Edward Snowden’s life of secrecy

by Keegan Beck

On September 16, 2016, the remarkable story of Edward Snowden was released in theaters across the nation. The movie, fittingly called Snowden, is full of action, intensity, hardship, and hope. In my opinion, it is a must-see movie.


“I don’t see myself as a hero because what I’m doing is self-interested: I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.”

-Edward Snowden –


Generally, the movie tells the story of Snowden’s life. Previously a top contractor, Edward Snowden leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He knows that a virtual mountain 0f data is being gather to track down all forms of digital communication, just not for the foreign governments and terrorists, but for ordinary Americans. When he decides to leak this classified information, the question arises: is he a traitor or a hero? 

Snowden is such an incredible story that Oliver Stone (Director) has written and put together on the screen. It shows in the film that it takes courage to do what might look like something bad, but it is right. Edward Snowden took that courage and showed the American people that the NSA was looking in on their own country. It shows what it takes to show and tell what’s really happening. Stone is an excellent storyteller; capturing small, important details is very characteristic of his films.

The actors were a huge part of the film because they showed real emotion, and it felt realistic. The actor that played Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), took the part seriously and had a voice and mannerisms similar to Edward Snowden. He did an excellent job in this film and all the other actors and actresses did amazing as well. The cinematography was really good – it felt like the audience was constantly at the edge of their seat, not knowing what was coming next. The sequences with the computers were just mind blowing. Overall, I would give Snowden a 5-star rating. 

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