Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt has debuted its first teaser trailer and even this first glimpse of the Edward Snowden political thriller and biopic is already causing a stir. It was inevitable that sooner or later — in this case, sooner — that the man who revealed the secrets of the National Security Agency (NSA) to the world would get the big-screen treatment.
Nothing drives publicity, fanfare and anticipation for a biopic more than controversy. Especially when its subject is still living. And even more especially when its subject provokes the kind of polarizing reactions as does Edward Snowden. Oliver Stone’s movie is based on two books; Luke Harding’s ‘The Snowden Files’ and Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus.
In the much anticipated movie directed by Oliver Stone who has brought us numerous movies that have risen to the political-controversy occasion, having taken on the likes of the JFK assassination — it is Joseph Gordon-Levitts tasked with bringing him to big-screen life so that the controversy can start anew.
The teaser trailer is just that, a teaser. It offers us an encapsulated bio of Edward Snowden, minus political commentary in title cards interspersed with extreme closeups of the Stars and Stripes: “Army recruit at 20. Joined CIA at 22. NSA contractor at 26. By age 29, the most wanted man in the world.” Yes it is quite a bio.
Later, we see the ominous rewriting of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance. “One nation, under surveillance, for liberty and justice for all” and we see the flag is displayed upside down.
The trailer is full of foreboding, eerie music; it’s a stunning reworking of ‘This Little Light of Mine’ as we’ve never heard it before. But so fitting as these are the facts, as revealed, that we never knew about; the surveillance of the National Security Agency that Edward Snowden brought to light, with the help of journalists for The Guardian and The New York Times.
Costars in the movie include Nicolas Cage, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Timothy Olyphant, Scott Eastwood, and Tom Wilkinson.
The movie is due in theaters on Christmas Day. For now, just a glimpse as the first trailer for ‘Snowden’ is below!
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