An argument can be made that the movie Snowden has an agenda to paint the whistleblower as a hero. But this movie strives to define and fill out the man behind the name. And to be fair, the first assumption was apparent from the trailer in which they flat out put the word hero in it. Should you go see this movie, is it entertaining, and why did it do so bad opening weekend?
First off, was the movie any good? It was an engaging film that depicted the cyber world around us from a perspective that very few get. It did a great job not just describing what all this means for the average person, but the journey that Snowden himself went threw. Snowden in this dramatization went threw his own story arc that really underlined what you could take away from this movie. It is not just a retelling of events, or whether this guy is an American hero, it wants you to make the decision. It puts the power in your hands to come to whatever conclusion that you want. This idea itself was a theme in the movie, with Snowden saying that all the classified information should be given to the public and they should decide if they want to give up their privacy. That doesn't mean you decide if it was an enjoyable film, it means you can come to your personal conclusion on the events and Snowden himself. Is it worth watching in theaters though?
The short answer is you don't have to pay full price to see this movie, but it is one you should watch. It really informs the public about what the government is actually doing, but not in a documentary kind of way. You could watch this on Netflix, or where ever you watch movies when they leave theaters, but you have to watch it.
Why did almost no one go see this movie, because its about a topic that people are not interested in. Some people just don't want to spend money or time on a movie they think is irrelevant or has already been resolved. That in itself says more about the general population, but that still means this movie was not in touch with what people want to see in theaters.
Weighing everything together, this move was a good time that was informative, but also a good narrative.
8/10 They made fun of me for covering my webcam, who's laughing now?