What amazed me about “Snowden” was the dynamics performance of Joseph Gordon Levitt who perfectly embodied his mannerisms and speech pattern. His vernacular captures the right mood and tone of the American who some see as a traitor to his country.
As a filmmaker, Oliver Stone always pulls me in. Even his mediocre busts like “Alexander” and the gridiron football tale “Any Given Sunday.” if he is behind the camera telling a tale, I will watch.
With “Snowden,” Stone makes the character neither likeable or questionable. The “Based on a true story” dynamic is what compels the audience to how to be interested amd care about people who are far from ordinary.
The audience sees Nicolas Cage once again. His identity is that of a CIA operative working in the back room somewhere on the compound in Virgina. Also integral of the story is Rhys Ifans as Corbin O’ Brien, one of Snowden’s bosses at NSA.
Also important is his relationship with Lindsay Mills (Shailane Woodley, “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Descendants”). Snowden is always on edge with her, especially when he starts having seizures caused by stress.
Stone knows how to us pacing well, since the story constantly shifts between time and place.