Possibly one of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s best performance’s as Edward Snowden and an absolutely spectacular and surprising showing from Rhys Ifans as the Director of the CIA. An all round great cast and an interesting and well put together storyline.
Based on the actions of Edward Snowden and primarily the original interview and documentary that was made in the Hong Kong hotel room, this film is both gripping and scary but in a very different way to a horror.
It’s a fantastic insight into (a) the life of an NSA worker (b) the way the NAS and US government deal with cyber (c) the life of Edward Snowden before everyone knew his name.
A US citizen, born into a military family that just wanted to follow in the foot steps of those before him and serve his country in any way possible, he is portrayed as the ubiquitous American patriot.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt captures Snowden extremely well and one thing that comes across superbly is the interview and meetings in the hotel and the conviction that was shown in the actual documentary, as a whole the casting crew did a bang up job on every role in this film.
There is, as with any Hollywood Docu Movie, a fair bit of ‘scripted entertainment’, but there is also a lot of ‘true to testament’ parts.
The cinematography is also very well done, emphasizing the hotel interview is a lovely touch and the way it build’s is enjoyable, the jumps between story and docu work well and doesn’t confuse the narrative at all.
If the implications of what is portrayed in this film are understood it makes it a pretty good horror that should scare everyone at nearly every turn.
“You didn’t tell me we were running a dragnet over the whole world, Corbyn”.