Snowden | Chicago Reader


Laura Poitras nailed the story of Edward Snowden with her Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour (2014), some of which was shot in a Hong Kong hotel room as she and journalist Glenn Greenwald first met Snowden, a 29-year-old computer contractor, and learned from him that the National Security Administration secretly and indiscriminately collected Internet and telecommunications data from millions of Americans. Those same events are dramatized in this lengthy biopic, but director Oliver Stone also reaches back into Snowden's past to pull out one of his own favorite myths—of an American innocent (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) whose patriotism is tested when he learns about our government's darker deeds. There's much more here about Snowden's relationship with his girlfriend (Shailene Woodley) than about the surveillance programs he exposed, but that's the bargain a filmmaker strikes when he drags a story like this one into the multiplex. With Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage.



  • Oliver Stone


  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Rhys Ifans
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Melissa Leo
  • Zachary Quinto
  • Tom Wilkinson
  • Joely Richardson
  • Timothy Olyphant
  • Scott Eastwood
  • Ben Schnetzer
  • Logan Marshall-Green
  • Lakeith Stanfield


  • Moritz Borman
  • Eric Kopeloff
  • Philip Schulz-Deyle
  • Fernando Sulichin
  • Max Arvelaiz
  • Michael Bassick
  • Douglas Hansen
  • José Ibáñez
  • Peter Lawson
  • Serge Lobo
  • Bahman Naraghi
  • Tom Ortenberg
  • James Stern
  • Christopher Woodrow

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