Open Road Films have released the first trailer for their upcoming biopic Snowden. The film tells the story of the digital whistleblower, Edward Snowden, a man who had to retire from the Special Forces following an injury that wouldn’t allow him to get back in the field. After that little stint, Snowden is then contracted to work with the NSA.
Snowden works his way up and uncovers the US Government’s surveillance program. What happened next was for the whole world to see. Snowden copied a whole lot of data and leaked it to the press. This makes the titular character both, a hero and a traitor in the eyes of the public.
Snowden pretty much brought back the debate of “Privacy vs Security”. Is the government right on spying on all of its citizens? Should governments be allowed to do so? Where does individual liberty stand in all of this ? The film finds a very twisted way to provide a justification when one of the character says,”Most Americans don’t want freedom. They want security.”
Director Oliver Stone (Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July) masterfully provides the much needed tension for this political thriller while Joseph Gordon Levitt absolutely nails the portrayal of the whistleblower. At least for now, it seems like Levitt will score a few Best Actor nomination in the awards season.
Watch the trailer below:
Video Courtesy : Open Road Films via YouTube
The film features a very talented cast including Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage.
Snowden hits theaters on September 16, 2016.
Read the synopsis below:
Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.