MINI REVIEW: If you’re after a documentary, go watch Citizen Four, the actual documentary about Edward Snowden. If you want a dramatisation of the account at hand, then Snowden is a relatively enjoyable film. With stunning cinematography and at times, unique camera placements, this is a film that makes the average mind ponder and get a taste of the serious issue that digital privacy is. Even after it’s arduous 2 hours and 15 minute run time, there is a sense of void, and this is partly due to the fact that the characters were not fully fleshed out, and not the right scenes where written to establish true gel with their respective relationships, that is, Edward Snowden and  Lindsay Mills. The personality of the issue was removed, the heart of the characters were not present. What is most frustrating is that the film tries so hard to employ an emotional approach, but sadly ends up being a story told in a very ‘matter of fact’ way. Star-studded equals, shallow and glossy. You end up with a gist of what happened, not a sense of knowing. Oh, and guess what? Nicholas Cage makes an appearance!

Regardless, the subject matter is serious and ever so relevant, and as such, this is an important film. A film that may perhaps should be shown in history classes and information technology lectures. Joseph Gordon-Levitt nearly shines forth, but the script fails him here, and maybe he needs to re-think the whole changing your accent thing, because from the very first world, we simply do not buy it. All flaws aside, there is good reason to celebrate the visual treat this film is, so here are seven stunning frames scattered through-out this saga. Enjoy!

1 Dusk Training

2 Embedded Age

3 Blue Farm

4 Shadow Of A Man

5 Data Veil

6 Monkey Bar Business

7 Watching From Above