September 18, 2016 Editor

Human Element Makes Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Quite Captivating

Published on Sunday, September 18, 2016 by Shadowproof

photo above:  Screen shot from the new film “Snowden,” featuring actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden and Shailene Woodley as the whistleblower’s influential girlfriend Lindsay Mills.

by Kevin Gosztola

an excerpt:

“Oliver Stone met with Snowden in Russia at least half a dozen times over a period of years,” according to Radack. She recognized that those meetings could be intense on a “multiplicity of different levels,” and “Stone and Snowden are also both very cerebral, sensitive, thoughtful, and self-aware,” and those meetings informed the film.

NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who was a technical consultant for the film, also found Stone captured Snowden well by showing the character and not some caricature.

“The human element is very much on the screen,” Drake contended. “I believe that makes the movie. I don’t think it would be the same without the relationship, and it wasn’t a passing relationship. It was a deep relationship, and of course, they discover each other online.”

Mills holds a mirror up to Snowden, Drake added. She forces him to reconcile with American exceptionalism, that license to do whatever is necessary to “prosecute the global war on terrorism” no matter the collateral damage. “That is the beauty of Lindsay, and Lindsay [keeps] checking him in that regard.”

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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