I gave this 4/10 on IMDB.
The tale of patriot/traitor Edward Snowden as told by Oliver Stone.
Possibly one of the dullest ‘dramatisations’ of true events in recent times. If I hadn’t been deep in a row at the cinema I might have walked out. It’s not all bad, just insufficient good to balance the zzzzzz.
The pivotal events in Snowden’s journey to disaffection with his work are too much like real life: stressful, slow, and undramatic. The tension he feels between his conscience, his apparent love for his country, and his love of his work is apparent. Rhys Ifans probably plays he best role. At times menacing and controlling and at others conciliatory and supportive.
The journalists are straight out of a book of journalist stereotypes.
The setup of the movie seems very traditional in the ‘well the events went like this’ looking back as the story is told to the journalists. Unimaginative.
Possibly one of the biggest stories of the early 21st century told with sufficient dullness to make you wish you’d just stayed at home and put Sneakers, Hackers, or Spy Game on instead.