Spies and lies
Village Jam Factory - Saturday 1 October 2016, 6:20pm
Running time: 139m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Coarse language and a sex scene)
Release date: 22/09/16
Rating: 6/10 (ME 2.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is training for the army when an injury forces him to find another way to serve his country. Upon entering the world of government espionage, Edward's talents for code are soon revealed and his expertise becomes highly sought after. But the secrecy demands of his jobs place pressure on his blossoming relationship with Lindsay (Shailene Woodley), but it's the discovery of widespread surveillance of US citizens that provides the catalyst for Edward to go public with the shocking truth.
A bio-pic from legendary director Oliver Stone, Snowden tells the familiar story from news reports of recent years. Sticking with a convention linear timeline for most of it, the interviews in Hong Kong provide the foundation for the story to play out. Yes, it’s Oliver Stone at his preachy best and there’s not a whole lot of new ground broken here; do we really need another ‘breaking news’ montage on screen? Interesting and informative, and the performances are quite good (Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s is suitably robotic and detached) but it’s an unremarkable colour-by-numbers film.