Though not perfect, this is still an important and thoughtful film.
Is it worth $10? Yes
Edward Snowden exploded onto our media outlets three years ago and has remained in the public conscience since, both in fame and infamy. Despite this, I was only familiar with his name and vaguely knowledgeable of his actions; he was the guy who leaked government information. Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” does a good a job of rectifying my ignorance, and it makes a great case for why this ignorance should be rectified. Still, “Snowden” is a good, not great movie. It’s just a little too dull in stretches. But it does entertain in fits and starts, and when it does, it is a lively, informative film well worth the price of admission.
While hiding out in a Hong Kong hotel room, Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) relays his top secret information to reporters from “The Guardian” newspaper (Zachary Quinto and Tom Wilkinson) and narrates his life story to a documentary filmmaker (Melissa Leo). The film, then, flashes back to his life 10 years prior, covering his time working in different, high priority roles for the CIA, his relationship with the love of his life, Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley), his growing distrust of the government, and his eventual whistleblowing that leaves him hiding out in Hong Kong.