Oliver Stone’s upcoming thriller film Snowden looks to be a sympathetic view of the controversial figure. Opinions vary as to whether Edward Snowden acted as a traitor or a hero when he blew the whistle on the National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance program in 2013.
While mass phone surveillance was ruled illegal in 2015, other activities of the NSA continue to be under judicial review. Meanwhile, Edward Snowden lives in exile in Moscow. He faces criminal prosecution upon his return to the United States. CNN Politics reported that while Snowden is willing to face trial and imprisonment, he adds a stipulation: “What I won’t do is I won’t serve as a deterrent to people trying to do the right thing in difficult situations.”
The release date of Snowden is set for September 16, 2016.
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.
— Open Road Films
At this time, the only thing approaching a review of Snowden are the remarks of Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux…
“I saw Snowden and it’s a really good film. It complements Citizen Four marvelously. It helps [you] understand a lot of things, it’s a fascinating film. We’d have liked to have it at Cannes but the US producers… want to aim for the Oscars, so for them a Cannes premiere was a little too early.”