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I’m getting Hackers flashbacks…

The trailer for Oliver Stone’s long awaited Edward Snowden biopic Snowden is finally here.  I’ve followed Snowden’s story pretty closely and I find the whole ordeal extremely fascinating. The film focuses on Snowden’s theft and disclosure of all of the classified shady dealings that the NSA was involved in.

I’ve been looking forward to this film for a while. When I heard a film was being made about this controversial figure and that Joseph Gordon Levitt (one of my favorite actors) would be portraying him, I began to get really excited.

And then I saw the trailer.

It’s not terrible by any means, but the film just looks so…studio mandated. While this has the potential to be interesting thriller adaptation of a still fresh controversial event, the trailer made the film look excessively Hollywood-ized and somewhat cheesy. Instead of portraying Snowden as just an average guy, the trailer turns him into some super smart, spy genius. Couple that with the hilariously dated presentation of the internet and data sharing, and the cliche, menacing talking head on a giant screen, and you have a film that looks like it has more in common with a Bourne film or Eagle Eye than Citizenfour.

I really hope I’m wrong, as I want this movie to be good. But this trailer seriously dampened my excitement for the trailer.

You can check it out for yourselves below:

Snowden opens September 16th. Here’s the synopsis:

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

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