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    Snowden (Blu-ray) review

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    Plot
    Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller reveals the astonishing untold personal story of Edward Snowden (Gordon-Levitt), the controversial figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. A hero to some and a traitor to others, the riveting story of what led him to that fateful decision.

    My Thoughts
    Depending on who you trust; Edward Snowden is depicted as either a hero or a traitor. I personally fall somewhere in the middle. Since the passing of the Patriot Act, our government’s intrusion into our private lives is at an all-time high and I’m sure the founding fathers are rolling over in their grave. Reading someone’s emails or listening in on their phone conversations without a warrant is illegal and against our Fifth Amendment rights, but our government doesn’t see it that way. They think that the ends justify the means and that in order to have security, the citizens must give up their freedom—sorry, if you do that you have neither security or freedom.

    Hence we get to Snowden, who stole over 1.5 million secret pages from our government and ran off to Hong Kong in order to expose what the government was doing. If all he did was expose their abuses, I’d put him in the hero category. Unfortunately, this isn’t all he did. He stole very high level intelligence on how our spy apparatus—the CIA and NSA—actually garner intelligence from foreign powers, which makes him a traitor in my book. Furthermore, he sought asylum in Russia despite his inaccurate claims that his passport was suspended while he was in the air to Russia and his true destination was Central America. The facts aren’t on his side though since his passport was suspended days before he got on the flight and it makes me question his credibility and motives for his actions since he’s a personal guest of Putin now.

    Regardless, this movie is an interesting tale of the man with a bias toward him being a hero since director/writer Oliver Stone doesn’t offer up any counterarguments to balance the proceedings. Stone portrays Snowden as some type of saint that should be praised and not questioned. The performances are generally pretty good, but Jason Gordon-Levitt’s portrayal as Snowden is a bit dry, but matches his personality from the Snowden documentary Citizenfour from 2014, which is probably what he based his performance on.

    Video 4.5/5 (AVC)

    Audio 4/5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)


    Special Features:

    • Deleted Scenes
    • Finding the Truth
    • Snowden: Q&A
    • Previews
    • Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy







    Conclusion
    Oliver Stone is definitely left of center—and maybe even more left than that—and that certainly comes through in this film. But I found it entertaining for what it was, but don’t take everything you see in the film as gospel—it’s entertainment. If you want to read about Snowden, there’s a lot of information on the Internet about him and in fact, there’s an excellent article about him today in the Wall Street Journal by Edward Jay Epsten (The Fable of Edward Snowden - WSJ) talking about Snowden’s multiple lies since 2013.
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    As with any of Oliver Stone's movies, you have to take it as "entertainment" only.. I will check it out, thanks for the review.
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    An interesting story in real life. I'm interested in seeing this one.

    Thanks for the review.

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    IIMHO, SNOWDEN is a Hero. He should come home to a ticketape parade. He is not a traitor, but a whistle blower. The fact that he worked inside our government ( NSA, CIA, ETC. He was blown away when he uncovered the spying on many of our citizens. Uncalled for. Was this the McCarthy era all over again. He could not live with this. He wanted it fixed, but when he told his Supervisor, he was told to just shove it under the rug). He was such a patriot that it left him with no other choice. He didn't do what was best for himself, but the Country he loved. He sacrificed everything to try to make it right. Rediculous.

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    I will admit that I haven't really dug into what all he is accused of. However, it does seem like he had good intentions, but went just a bit too far.

    It doesn't help his case in that he's a guest of Putin.

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    Well, then perhaps Donald Trump will bring him home.

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    Jeff,

    He went too far and is putting lives at risk with his revelations above and beyond the spying. He gave away state secrets to a Cold War enemy to hurt this country...that makes him a traitor. If all he did was prove that the government was spying on us, then I would agree with you, but that's not all he did, so in my book he's more of a traitor than a hero.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Vaughn View Post
    Jeff,

    He went too far and is putting lives at risk with his revelations above and beyond the spying. He gave away state secrets to a Cold War enemy to hurt this country...that makes him a traitor. If all he did was prove that the government was spying on us, then I would agree with you, but that's not all he did, so in my book he's more of a traitor than a hero.
    David: Well, lets compare that to what Hillary got away with. She was above the law. I believe that what she did is much more then Ed Snowden. The murder & the torture of Chris Stevens (our Ambassador to Benghazi) & 3 other heroic Americans
    When questioned about it, Killary's response was "what difference does it make"? It should have happened to her family. What would she have said then?

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    The NSA is a nightmare and violates the constitution in so many ways. I don't know if he's a hero or a traitor, but I am glad he blew the whistle. This gov is completely out of control - both sides.

    I will watch this movie.
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