Last week, the trailer for Oliver Stone’s upcoming movie about Edward Snowden hit the internet.
The movie, entitled “Snowden”, is said to be a fact-based thriller following Edward Snowden from his discharge from the United States Army Reserve (after breaking both his legs in training) to ultimately ending up as a systems administrator at the NSA’s Threat Operation Center, and then beyond…
In the trailer you see Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, sneaking secret files out of the NSA on an SD card hidden inside a Rubik’s cube.
With its car explosions, sinister gravelly-voiced CIA recruiter, Rubik’s cube action, and… umm… Nicolas Cage, the trailer certainly makes a good job of making attractive what could appear to some to be a dry subject.
But, of course, it’s not a boring topic. The over-reaching covert surveillance and hacking undertaken by the NSA and other intelligence agencies around the world should be of concern to all of us who value our privacy and liberty.
If we don’t care about our freedom, and what governments are doing in our name without our knowledge or acquiescence then what is there to care about?
Last year saw the release of Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning documentary, “CitizenFour”, showing the inside story of Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing and its immediate aftermath. I would highly recommend you seek it out - it’s a gripping piece of work.
I find it hard to believe that Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” will be as good a movie as “CitizenFour”, but it potentially could have more of an important on the general public.
Despite its critical success, relatively few people have seen the “CitizenFour” documentary compared to the typical cinema blockbuster.
We don’t know yet what liberties “Snowden” might take with the facts in the pursuit of drama. I hope they are few, because this is a story that is important and shocking enough as it is in reality.
But what it might do is bring one of the most important stories of the 21st century to a wider audience. And that has to be a good thing.
“Snowden” is due for release on September 16, 2016.