REVIEW: Snowden

Image: Open Road Films

Image: Open Road Films

Chris Luckett

A year ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt starred in The Walk. Adapted from the same you-wouldn’t-believe-it-if-it-weren’t-true tale as 2008’s Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire, The Walk was a biopic of tightrope-walker Philippe Petit that fictionalized the events that’d been shown in documentary footage less than a decade earlier.

What saved it from feeling like an unnecessary re-tread — besides Gordon-Levitt’s strong performance — was the skill of legendary director Robert Zemeckis, who made the crazy true story feel even more real than the documentary footage.

Now here we are one year later, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring in Snowden, adapted from the you-wouldn’t-believe-it-if-it-weren’t-true tale as 2014’s Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour. Once again, Gordon-Levitt’s performance gives the movie a strong anchor. Director Oliver Stone, though, can’t pull off the same daring feat as Zemeckis.

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CORE STORY: First Snowden trailer debuts

Photo: Open Road Films

Photo: Open Road Films

Chris Luckett

Controversial director Oliver Stone, absent from the big screen since 2012’s Savages, will return this year with a bio-pic of Edward Snowden.

The first trailer for Snowden debuted online yesterday and the film looks to have the potential to be Stone’s strongest movie in over a decade.

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Snowden will look at the CIA agent who exposed the NSA’s global surveillance programs in 2013 and remains abroad, seeking asylum.

Snowden’s story has already been told once before, first-hand, in 2014’s Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour.

Snowden opens across North America on September 16, 2016.