- Snowden review by JG
This film is generally rated lower then the pure documentary by Laura Poitras.
I am not sure why, it is a good film, perhaps people who saw the documentary
first are disappointed as it is only actors and not the real people.
(Actually one of the participants does have a cameo). Maybe because it was
first or because it was still shocking to most Americans at the time the
documentary scored higher. By the time most people saw the second film
Trump was on the scene and Snowdon was old news. However the problem is
still with us, the US legislature may have enacted some bills, but the
"Security" services pay no heed to the law, they are above it, they are
protecting the well being and lifestyle of the privileged elite. Which
is what they mean by National Security, whatever your view maybe. And UK
is no better than USA in this.
In my view both films are equally good, and need to be seen sequentially.
The 2014 one (Citizenfour) is closer to a documentary as it has the actual
participants and much of the footage is the actual video shot at the time.
It answers the question "what happened"? This film (2016) is more of a drama
with actors, but is still true to the story, it gives more background and
attempts to answer the question "Why did it happen"? To this end it can only
make suggestions, it is a complex morality question.
It has been suggested that making sensitive documents public, having sworn
an oath to secrecy, is asking for trouble. This naive view ignores the
moral question that all whistle blowers face, to reveal that a crime has been
committed or not. Is lying to congress OK, but proving this to the public
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- Snowden review by TF
Perhaps that should be Excellent but not Brilliant!
Seen through the prism of 2019, with Cambridge Analytica, Russian manipulation of US and possibly UK democratic processes, Fake news etc, this film seems terribly dated, and innocent in its belief that exposing truth is always a good thing.
Still, Snowden shocked us into beginning to think more carefully about uses and abuses of information, so is worth marking.
I agree that the film fails rather to capture the high drama of the events that followed the leak, or the bravery of those bringing it to light.
A good, honest film
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