• ‘Snowden’ Movie Trailer: Can Oliver Stone Make Whistleblowing Suspenseful?

    April 29, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, NSA, Post-Constitution America




    Of course he can. Have a look at the latest trailer for the upcoming Oliver Stone movie, SNOWDEN, due out in September.

    The Edward Snowden story is many things, but at some level, well apart from politics, it is a helluva thriller. Think of it: a young programmer, at great personal risk, figures out a way to gain access to a vast trove of very highly classified documents from one of America’s most secret agencies. He then discovers a way to beat all of NSA’s security to smuggle that information out of secure facilities. With the Feds no doubt on his heals, he finds his way to a foreign country, meets up with journalists, and reveals to Americans (and the world) that their own government has been illegally spying on them — reading their emails, listening to their calls, looking in their very bedrooms via hijacked webcams — for years. He then successfully eludes the full resources of the U.S. government and settles into a new life in Russia.

    So if that isn’t suspenseful, then not much can be.


    And it is hard to imagine a filmmaker more equipped to handle this story than Oliver Stone. Stone’s work has been all about creating narratives, often narratives contradictory to the mainstream, around significant historical and social events (Wall Street, W. Platoon, JFK). Snowden’s story may have found its natural storyteller.

    The trailer looks good, and shows a movie that is structured as a thriller, but one with a larger message. This film looks to be an excellent addition to the conversations about the changes he brought to the United States, and the world.



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    • John Poole said...

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      Stone is either the best or worst director for the subject. I did not see JFK, Wall Street but did see Platoon and wasn’t impressed. September release? Why bother? Won’t most movie houses be shuttered by then? Who in the hell goes to the movies except tennagers or people who want a bucket of treats to munch in the dark? Stream it for free. That would make Stone an American hero.

      04/29/16 8:56 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”This film looks to be an excellent addition to the conversations about the changes he brought to the United States, and the world.”unquote

      I saw the trailer. I’m sorry but I didn’t like it. Too hollywood. Of course, it may have seemed exactly as shown to Snowden et al. Haven’t seen any remarks about it by Snowden himself yet. But I’ve got $25 that says Michael Hayden’s/James Clapper’s heads are exploding about now.

      Meanwhile, half this country would still hang Snowden. Vs the real criminals in the US government who secretly burned the 4th Amendment to ashes. Stone should make a movie about THIS:

      https://www.emptywheel.net/2016/04/28/the-shell-game-the-government-played-during-protect-america-act-challenge/#comment-702615

      Talk about “suspense”? Ha. I can imagine what was going through these DOJ attorneys heads when they were trying to keep the biggest secret in US history from a FISC Judge. Btw..read Martin’s comment. THAT would be me.

      04/29/16 10:02 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…

      “Who in the hell goes to the movies except tennagers or people who want a bucket of treats to munch in the dark?”

      Well, if the amount of money generated by any blockbuster on it’s opening weekend is any indication… MILLIONS still go to theaters. Personally..I think they are idiots. Of course, most people have deeper pockets than me, but even if I “could” afford the absurd admission price for a movie these days, notwithstanding the ludicrous price of popcorn…it goes against my grain. Especially, when you see how much money a fucking entertainment corporation makes, and the lead actors. Absurd is a massive understatement. Living proof the Dumbest Country on the Planet lives up to it’s name. I also despise the Oscars. Makes me puke. So do all the “awards” shows for entertainers. But that’s just me.

      04/29/16 10:14 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Good. I will catch it. Miss the 1970s film thrillers, like ‘Three Days of the Condor.’

      04/29/16 11:17 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      A few have suggested that Snowden was recruited by the Soviets. That isn’t entirely impossible but it that turns out to be the case we won’t be “enlightened” about that reality for decades. It is just too embarrassing for those still drawing a paycheck to make sure such things can’t happen.

      04/29/16 12:46 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch- even with our senior discount a film costs $11 at the local cinema boutique (our tastes run to small independent films).
      We prefer waiting for the DVD at the local library. Any chomping, smacking or slobbering comes strictly from us not some stranger gobbling up buckets of grub. And! we don’t have to sit through commercials or previews. We found a way to cut straight to the major feature on library rental DVDS. Not only that – one gets special features and can revisit any scene for study. $11 for one viewing in a darkened theatre just doesn’t cut it for us anymore.

      04/29/16 12:53 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch- you do realize that there are no Grammies, Emmies, Oscars, Pultizers or Tonies for those who work in total darkness for the CIA? Poor dears- they need recognition too! Where are their rewards and acknoledgments? Maybe continuing to get away with even more gruesome mayham and murder in the shadows in ever more clever ways is their only gratification but any kudos must be self administered. They envy a guy like Prince- a dandy who found a way to garner fame and wealth.

      04/29/16 1:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Wanna bet some “Snowden” movie theaters overseas are “mistakenly” bombed by the Homeland? If the Homeland can bomb hospitals and get away with it, they can declare anyone in a “Snowden” theater an enemy combatant. Surprised they haven’t put Oliver Stone on the drone hit list.

      https://theintercept.com/2016/04/29/the-joke-of-u-s-justice-and-accountability-when-they-bomb-a-hospital/

      04/29/16 1:04 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “One officer was suspended from command and ordered out of Afghanistan. The others were given lesser punishments: Six were sent to counseling, seven were issued letters of reprimand, and two were ordered to retraining courses.”

      If a country bombed a hospital in the Homeland, it would be ashes by morning.

      04/29/16 1:06 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: The most potent and envy engendering message America sends out to the entire world today is; the one with the most destructive power gets to make the rules and suffer no punishing consequnces for immoral behavior, callous decisions or incompetence. We are the envy of every nation with an empire complex. Hell, that counts for something. Sort makes me feel proud to be an American. Imagine -Accountability To No One! Shit- that should be a T shirt logo sold exclusively through the Pentagon website.

      04/29/16 5:47 PM | Comment Link

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    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…

      “Bauer: The most potent and envy engendering message America sends out to the entire world today is; the one with the most destructive power gets to make the rules and suffer no punishing consequnces for immoral behavior, callous decisions or incompetence. We are the envy of every nation with an empire complex.”

      Of course the USA is the envy of every wannabe Legal Imperialism. Because that is EXACTLY what the US of A is now. Unaccountable, absolute power…which is the definition of a Legal Imperialism. Look back in time. The last one was the British Empire. Before that was the Ottoman Empire. Before that.. the Roman Empire. All were Legal Imperialisms. And all ..ahem..fell. The US Legal Imperialism will too. It’s only a matter of time.

      04/29/16 7:08 PM | Comment Link

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    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch, thanks – sobering of course. Jesus we’re a pathetic species. I wish I were a single cell organism -much simpler life for sure. Everything went down hill after we starting dividing.

      04/29/16 9:20 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

      04/29/16 10:55 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Oliver Stone has been known to exaggerate in order to put the audience at the heart of the story, but in this story of fascist conspiracy “truth is stranger than fiction.” If I didn’t WITNESS it, I wouldn’t believe it. As an expat most of my end time, it is quite a revelation to witness what a Mad World that America has become. “Snowden” will predictably be dismissed and ridiculed by the corporate media – “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” – so as not to alarm the munchkins. Actually, “Snowden” is a modern telling of “The Wizard of OZ” as a parable on the collapse of the Populist Movement in the United States. In this modern telling, the NSA Utah Data Center plays the role of the Wicked Witch of the West. Baum specified that she only had one eye, but that it “was as powerful as a telescope”, enabling the witch to see what was happening in her kingdom from her castle windows. In both cases, water is their downfall.

      04/29/16 11:58 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      “$11 for one viewing in a darkened theatre just doesn’t cut it for us anymore.”
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      John, tickets are over-priced. It’s amazing how inflated they have gotten. The DVD viewing is a great work around; meanwhile Hollywood can continue complaining how surprisingly weak ticket sales are

      04/30/16 11:19 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      If you buy an overpriced popcorn, the theater should let you sneak in without paying.

      04/30/16 1:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      It is more fun to sneak your own popcorn in. Don’t buy the official crack

      05/1/16 1:52 PM | Comment Link

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