Will remain incredibly important for identifying the mission creep towards totalitarianism that continues within our society. Snowden's whistleblowing highlights the 'control by fear' Panopticon state that we live in, and yet our governments continue to lurch further into breaching human rights with no accountability as to the type or subject of surveillance. Thank God for Snowden, Poitras, Greenwald and MacAskill.
The filmmakers seemed content with just letting this weighty historical event play out with ominous droning music to a pretty boring fucking film otherwise. The film presents itself with an air of importance, while neglecting to really explore things on a deeper level or even reveal Snowden’s psychology. The end result is an unfinished rushed product meant to capitalize on a groundbreaking revelation.
Strong 3 1/2 stars. Although I don't believe what they're exposing is as big of a problem as they make it out to be, I still found it interesting, and it's fascinating that this sort of thing goes on; feels like real life Bourne stuff.
"... the ensemble formed by institutions, procedures analyses and reflections, calculations
and tactics that allow the exercise of a very specific, albeit very complex,
power that has the population as its target, political economy as its major form of
knowledge, and dispositives of security as its technical instrument." (Michel Foucault)
In terms of news reporting and socio-political consequences, one thing is striking about this movie. We are, undoubtedly, in a post-Watergate world. It is not enough to deliever reality. To show, to say, to whistleblow. That is not enough. Manning gave the world the "Baghdad airstrike". And no president fell. Snowden revealed the highest conspiracy of history. And, still, many just deny it. Crazy Facebook wall world*
The story of Edward Snowden and the information he had to share with the world is of course a compelling and important one that challenges one's interpretation of personal freedom and privacy in a world where democratic governments are willing to ignore said freedoms. The governments attempts to deflect their wrongdoings with the blanket of 'treason' is of course surreal but expected.