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Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has the best chances for a great career in the US Secret Service. But after four years as a private service provider for NSA, he leaves his job in 2013 and heads to Hong Kong. He is in possession of numerous pieces of evidence for the massive surveillance of Internet and telephone data, not only of US citizens. Rather, it was a worldwide surveillance of secret services, politicians but also of private individuals. Snowden wants to make these surveillance practices of his secret service public, knowing full well that he puts himself, his family and anyone who helps him in the process in great danger…
With "Snowden" director Oliver Stone has once again staged a gripping political thriller, in which he makes it very clear whose side he is on. Thus his staging can certainly be accused of a certain one-sidedness and perhaps even of transfiguration. However, this doesn't change the fact that the movie is extremely thrilling and well played. In addition, the film - regardless of whether you think Snowden is a hero or a traitor - reminds you of a topic that is hardly discussed after only three years. And that's despite the fact that everyone is affected. Because whether or not you have something to hide, such surveillance practices are a scandal and a reason to fight about the importance of privacy on the Internet (even if many people are really careless about it on social networks).
May be that Stone distorts the facts a bit or distorts them so much that they fit into his very personal image of Snowden and the US Secret Service. You can blame him for all that. But not that he doesn't perfectly understand how to create tension and a depressing atmosphere dominated by paranoia. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in particular can unfold his first-class presentation perfectly in this one. Unfortunately, the German dubbing completely loses how well Gordon-Levitt imitated Snowden's voice. He speaks in a completely different way than you would otherwise know from him, without it seeming too "played". Especially when Gordon-Levitts Snowden turns into the real Edward Snowden, it becomes clear what an achievement the actors have delivered here. But also the many excellent supporting actors, among them Melissa Leo and Rhys Ifans as well as Nicholas Cage, make Oliver Stone's new political thriller a great cinema.
Stone has succeeded in telling a story so grippingly that as a viewer you simply have to cheer on it. A story that should be known to everyone through news, newspaper articles or the award-winning documentary "Citizenfour". Even if there is no real resolution of the story - since it doesn't really exist yet - and as already mentioned the director could be accused of lacking objectivity, "Snowden" leaves a positive overall impression. A film that not only provides exciting entertainment, but also lots of material for heated, yet very important discussions. And that makes it then also with small smears: Absolutely worth seeing!
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