Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Citizenfour (2014)

Academy Awards, USA 2015

Best Documentary, Feature
Laura Poitras
Mathilde Bonnefoy
Dirk Wilutzky

Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Laura Poitras
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Sony)

Edward Snowden hides out in a Hong Kong hotel room being interviewed about his revelation of widespread surveillance by his former employer the US government. He watches cable TV news networks as his leaks are broadcast around the world. He rarely gets out of bed, much less leaves the room. He hears from friends and relatives that his house is being watched, some arrested. His paranoia is so great that he logs into his laptop with a blanket over his head and worries about his phone being tapped, even with the receiver down. Snowden eventually flees to Russia for asylum. It gets off to a fast start, but kind of fizzles in the second half. Regardless of how you feel about him, it is essential for understanding the intersection of privacy and politics. Instrumental soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails is very effective.

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