‘Snowden’ Trailer Reveals Oliver Stone’s Take on The Famous Story

By April 27, 2016

I should probably just forewarn you right now, that yes Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s voice is different (and accurate) in this Snowden trailer, and yes, it’s incredibly distracting for a majority of it. Especially if you’re a fan of the actor’s previous work.

When it was announced that Oliver Stone would be retelling the now well-known story of Edward Snowden, I felt a lot of mixed emotions. On one hand, I knew that there was a possibility that this could end up being a really great, politically relevant film that offers some much-needed insight into Snowden’s story. On the other hand, I also knew that it could very much end up being Stone delivering yet another disappointing, news-story-of-the-day film.

The first full, theatrical trailer for the movie debuted online earlier today as well, and there’s moments in it that look incredible, and moments in it, that don’t necessarily. Check it out:

Yeah, I really don’t know how I feel about this one if I’m being honest. There were moments when this trailer had really sunk its claws into me and had me hooked, and there were other moments, including the overly done CGI look into the internet and surveillance network that just felt out of place and unnecessary.

Stone has always been one of the most heavy-handed filmmakers in the industry, so I’m not gonna be surprised if Snowden ends up falling under that category as well. I just hope it falls more in line with his earlier films, than his more recent outings. Plus, this movie is really going to have to be good, otherwise it’ll suffer from the same blunder as one of JGL’s more recent films as well, because I have a hard time believing from this trailer that Snowden is going to be quite as poetic and enthralling as Citizenfour was.

Snowden is set to hit theatres on September 16th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    A story I’ve tried to find everything I can about but who knows whats been feed to Us. I’m just scared Stone is going to use it for one of his heavy handed agenda pieces like his HBO series. The voice is a little bizarre & not really needed but Gordon-Levitt can really get into his roles!