First Full Trailer for ‘Snowden’ Reveals Oliver Stone’s Controversial Whistleblower

     April 27, 2016


The first full-length trailer for Oliver Stone’s long-awaited biographical thriller Snowden has finally arrived. The film tells the story of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a gifted son of a family steeped in military and civil service who enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces candidate, worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, and acted as a contractor for the U.S. federal government. Stone’s focus in Snowden, however, is directed toward the controversial figure’s theft and disclosure of classified National Security Agency information.

The film (finally) opens in theaters on September 16th and also stars Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom WilkinsonRhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage.

Watch the first full trailer for Stone’s Snowden below:

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

It’s clear that Snowden is a figure tailor-made for Stone’s brand of storytelling. It’s also clear from this trailer that Stone is setting up Snowden as a patriotic American citizen who’s more willing than most to sacrifice himself for the sake of his country, an outlook that’s understandable considering events related to 9/11 that surrounded Snowden and his family. It’s also just a smart filmmaking move to portray a relatable character before delving into their more controversial actions. Not so smart is JGL’s forced vocal work that makes him sound like a Muppet, though I was happy to find that I acclimated to it by the trailer’s end. If JGL’s voice work proves not to be a distraction–and hopefully the same can be said for performances of notable scenery-chewer Nicolas Cage and, apparently, Zachary QuintoSnowden could find itself the subject of awards talk at year’s end.


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Are you at all interested in Stone’s Snowden or is it a movie that’s already missed its target thanks to delays? Let us know in the comments!

For more on Snowden, take a look at some of our recent coverage:

Here’s the official synopsis for Snowden:

Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.


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