Snowden (Oliver Stone), Blu-ray (2016)

by | Dec 21, 2016 | DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews

A gripping political thriller as Oliver Stone can make.

Snowden (Oliver Stone), Blu-ray (2016)

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Zachary Quinto
Director: Oliver Stone
Studio: Open Road/ Universal Studios Home Ent. 55176941 (12/27/16) 2 discs
Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 screens, HD color
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1, DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
No region encoding
Extras: Digital copy incl. UltraViolet, Deleted scenes, “Find the Truth,” Q & A with Snowden, Previews
Length: 270 min.
Rating: ****1/2

Probably the most important true story of the 21st century so far, this Oliver Stone film doesn’t present anything new but is certainly more exciting than any of the various Snowden films before. The whole detailed background of the controversial figure is given in the film. And quite a bit of his relationship with his girlfriend, who now resides with him in Moscow. He exposed the shocking illegal surveillance actives of the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. His relationships with several of the top people in the CIA are revealed.

Stone keeps this a politically-charged thriller from beginning to end but there is no denying that he thinks Snowden is a hero and not a traitor.

—John Sunier

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