Oliver Stone’s film about Edward Snowden truly sums up what it’s like to be a young American growing up in the wake of 9/11. Must of us formed our political opinions from that event, and besides some like me caught in the middle ground, we went to either one extreme or the other in our opinions of this country and the state of it at the time.
Joseph Gordon-Leavitt’s portrayal of Snowden is terrific, and paints a great picture of the man, who went from an Army boy, who got injured at training and had to take his leave, who finds himself working for the CIA and the NSA, creating computer programs that he imagines will be for the betterment of the world and the security of what he believes to be the “greatest country in the world,” and which instead are used to create a global network of fear, paranoia and alienation. Obsessed with numbers and figures, it takes a while for him to burst free of his own bubble, and do what any true Patriot should do, following the tenets that this country was founded upon. That is to tell the truth to the American people. If there is no truth, there is no trust. Without trust, there is no America.
We should never be afraid to do what we like and like what we do, without worrying about big brother reading every personal email, listen to every personal call, and to watch us on our webcams that are supposed to be off. If you are reading this, I hate to break it to you, but your ostracized companion is and always will be an American hero.
And everyone else, please check out this movie, it is probably one of the most important things you will ever watch this year.