This week saw the release of the latest trailer for the upcoming American biopic and political thriller Snowden. For those of you who may have been living under a rock these past few years and are totally oblivious to the various political and media – related global scandals, Edward Snowden is a former CIA employee who leaked a tonne of classified documents back in 2013 relating to global surveillance programmes and government monitoring. He’s been on the run from the US government since then, and is now in Russia having been granted asylum.
With a recent surge in popularity for any and all films and documentaries regarding government conspiracies and shady business, Snowden aims to capture Edward’s story while shedding light on the extent of governmental surveillance in the US during this time. The film is being directed by Oliver Stone, who is famous for directing critically acclaimed films such as Natural Born Killers and Platoon, as well as writing the scripts for Scarface and Midnight Express. Snowden boasts an all-star cast, with Joseph-Gordon Levitt taking the lead role as Edward, being supported by a substantial cast including Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans and Nicholas Cage.
One can only hope that with such a vast cast of A-list actors as well as having such a prestigious director that this will be a fast-paced and exciting political thriller. Unfortunately, many of these niche plot-lines can fall into the trap of losing their pacing or meandering until any form of resolution, but throughout the years Oliver Stone has proved that he can take simple or bare plot-lines and beef them up with relatable and likeable characters and believable scenarios and relationships. Either way, Snowden has all the right ingredients for a successful thriller, and hopefully that’s what the audience will be treated to upon its release.
Also released this week was the trailer for The Duel, an upcoming thriller (with Western and supernatural elements) starring Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth, which is due to be released later in the year.