Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins the Picturehouse Podcast to discuss his new film Snowden, in cinemas now.
Director: Oliver Stone. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans. France/Germany/USA 2016. 134 mins.
Having discovered that the US government is eavesdropping on the digital lives of millions of innocent Americans in the name of national security, loyal CIA contractor and computer genius Edward Snowden (Gordon-Levitt) undergoes a damascene conversion. In leaking thousands of classified documents to the Guardian newspaper to expose this malfeasance, he became a pariah to some, a twenty-first-century hero to others. Oliver Stone’s chillingly persuasive account of Snowden’s journey from patriotic soldier to global whistleblower allows us to make our own judgement, not least thanks to a finely balanced script from Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman), and stunning performances from Gordon-Levitt, Woodley (Divergent’s Tris) as his feisty girlfriend, Tom Wilkinson as a Guardian elder and Ifans as Snowden’s CIA handler. Gripping.