JMG Magazine / Snowden

Film Review: Snowden

by Sydney Zenon
| September 14, 2016 12:30 am CDT

The life of a spy make look really cool on television, but for Edward Snowden, there is a totally different story to tell after recent events in American history. This film is an adaption of real life events from just a few years ago. Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) did the unthinkable. Just three short years ago Snowden leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, without permission from the agency.

The leaked information later appeared in American publication, The Washington Post. Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, finds himself in more trouble than he may have perceived after leaking the information. The film is based on two novels that were written immediately after these events transpired.  The Snowden Files, written by Luke Harding, takes a stab at chronicling the events which highlighted the first book account of what transpired during and after the information was released. Time of the Octopus, written by Anatoly Kucherena, provided a unique perspective as this book is written by Edward Snowden’s Russian attorney.  This film will bring audiences up to date as this real life story continues to play out.

Release Date: September 16
Rating: R
Genre: Drama/Thriller