It was only a matter of time before they decided to make a movie about Edward Snowden, the world’s most famous whistleblower, whose disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European government. Edward has been variously called a hero, a dissident, a patriot, and a traitor and fueled debates over mass surveillance and government secrecy.
“It’s always hard to dramatize what often amounts to a lot of very fast typing, and based on this brief look”, Brian Barrett wrote over at Wired. “Snowden hasn’t discovered a non-awkward way to do so. And there’s clearly a heaping helping of artistic license at play; as entertaining as the trailer’s Rubik’s Cube caper seems to be, Snowden snuck his secrets out on a boring ol’ thumb drive. Fortunately, the real story is packed with enough drama that Stone should have plenty of chances to hew close to it after all.”
Sure, like every other movie about computers, “Snowden” fuels the old stereotypes about operating systems, nerds, and code flowing around screens like the first episode of “Matrix” invented it a long time ago. I look forward to the movie, especially because I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an actor. “500 Days of Summer”? “10 Things I Hate About You”? “3rd Rock from the Sun”? Awesome!
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