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  • 2016
  • R
  • 134min
  • 60%
  • 7.3 / 10

Edward Snowden enlisted in the US Army with dreams of joining the Special Forces. After an accident where he fractures his tibia Snowden learns he will be given an administrative discharge. Snowden later finds himself as a top contractor for the National Security Agency. He sees the massive pule of data being formed from digital communications. But he also sees it is being compiled from not just governments and terrorist groups, but typical Americans as well. Snowden feels he cannot keep this information to himself and constructs a plan to leak this information which leave him as a hero to many, and a traitor to others.

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rd Joseph Snowden was born on June 21, 1983. Snowden is a former CIA employee and former contractor for the US government. In 2013, Snowden caught the ire of government officials for leaking classified information collected by the National Security Agency, which he felt was unjustly collected from Americans. Snowden has been charged with two counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property. While in Moscow, Snowden's US passport was canceled. While trapped at the Sheremetyevo Airport Russia granted Snowden asylum with a one year visa for residence. He has since been granted extensions.


about the movie

Snowden was released in 2016. It is a biographical thriller film about Edward Snowden. The film was Oliver Stone and written by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald. The film is based on the books The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Edward Snowden, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, LaKeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage.

The film was first screened at Comic-Con and later shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released via Open Road Films in the United States. Critics had mixed reviews with praise for the performance of Gordon-Levitt but felt the screenplay was lacking. The budget for the film was $40 million with box office sales only bringing in $37.3 million.