Snowden || In 2013, Edward Snowden arranges a clandestine meeting in Hong Kong with documentarian Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald. They discuss releasing the classified information in the former’s possession regarding illegal mass surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). Poitras later released a documentary about this meeting titled Citizenfour, this in turn was used in a scene within the film Snowden.
In 2004, Snowden is undergoing basic training, having enlisted in the U.S. Army with intentions of matriculating to the Special Forces. He eventually fractures his tibia, and is informed that he will be receiving an administrative discharge and that he may serve his country in other ways.
Snowden applies for a position at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and subsequently undergoes the screening process. Initially, his answers to the screening questions are insufficient, but Deputy Director. Corbin O’Brian decides to take a chance on him, given the demands of such extraordinary times. Snowden is then brought to “The Farm” where he is educated and tested on cyberwarfare. However He learns about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which circumvents the Fourth. Therefore Amendment rights of U.S. citizens by allowing warrant requests to be approved by a panel of judges that were appointed by the Chief Justice. Snowden and his peers are each tasked with building a covert communications network in their hometown, deleting it, and then rebuilding it in eight hours or less, with five hours being the average time taken. He impresses O’Brian when he completes the exercise in 38 minutes.
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Actors: Joseph Gordon-levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo
Directors: Oliver Stone
Production: Krautpack Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment
Duration: 134 Menit
Release Date: 15 September 2016
Countries: France, Germany, USA