Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, LaKeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Biographical political thriller directed and co-written by Oliver Stone which follows government contractor Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA in the interest of informing the public about privacy breaches from its own government and in doing so became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 32)
Army Surgeon: Best I can tell you’ve been walking around with two broken legs for week.
Edward Snowden: When do I go back?
Army Surgeon: If you ever again land on those legs of yours those bones will turn to powder. Plenty of other ways to serve your country.
Corbin O’Brian: You wanted to be Special Forces.
Edward Snowden: Yes, sir.
Corbin O’Brian: Why do you want to join the CIA?
Edward Snowden: I’d like to help my country make a difference in the world.
Corbin O’Brian: The average test time is five hours.
Edward Snowden: I’m done.
Corbin O’Brian: It’s been forty minutes.
Edward Snowden: Thirty-eight minutes. What should I do now?
Corbin O’Brian: Whatever you want.
Edward Snowden: The Deputy Director of the NSA offered me a new position.
Lindsay Mills: Can you tell me anything about it?
Edward Snowden: You know I can’t.
Corbin O’Brian: [to Snowden] Find the terrorist in the internet haystack.
Snowden’s NSA Colleague: You’re making people very happy.
Edward Snowden: Thank you.
Snowden’s NSA Colleague: Are you ready for a little action?
Edward Snowden: How is this all possible?
NSA Worker: Think of it as a Google search except instead of searching only what people make public we’re also looking at everything they don’t. emails, chats, SMS, whatever.
Edward Snowden: Yeah, but which people?
NSA Worker: All kingdom, Snow White.
Edward Snowden: The NSA is really tracking every cell phone in the world.
Corbin O’Brian: Most Americans don’t want freedom, they want security.
Edward Snowden: Except people they don’t even know they’ve made that bargain.
Lindsay Mills: What was it you were doing again?
Edward Snowden: Doing analysis for the State Department.
[as she goes to take a photo of him]
Lindsay Mills: Don’t be shy.
[referring to all the protestors]
Lindsay Mills: Too much independent spirit for you?
Edward Snowden: Uh, no. I just don’t really like bashing my country.
Lindsay Mills: It’s my country too and right now it has blood on its hands.
Edward Snowden: Sorry, I just, I have friends who are over there right now.
Lindsay Mills: I’m not talking about the troops, I’m talking about the morons sending them to war.
Edward Snowden: Moro… You mean our commander-in-chief?
Lindsay Mills: Yeah, whatever you want to call him, he’s still wrong.
Edward Snowden: How do you know he’s wrong? You’re just lashing out.
Lindsay Mills: No, I’m, I’m not lashing out, I’m questioning our government. That’s what we do in this country, that is the principle that we were founded on.
Edward Snowden: Okay, but how about questioning liberal media? I mean you’re just buying into one side is saying.
Lindsay Mills: Maybe I am, because my side is right.
Edward Snowden: See that’s funny because my side is right, so.
Lindsay Mills: Oh, really?
Edward Snowden: Yeah.
Lindsay Mills: Why is it smart conservatives always make me so mad?
Edward Snowden: Probably because you don’t like hearing the truth.
Lindsay Mills: You’re a very frustrated individual, you know that? How am I going to make see?
Edward Snowden: I can see just fine, thank you.
[Lindsay kisses him]
Lindsay Mills: Does that help at all?
Edward Snowden: No. nope, that did, uh, nothing for me. It tastes like liberal, it’s not my thing.
Lindsay Mills: [to Snowden] I don’t want anyone else.
Corbin O’Brian: The modern battlefield is everywhere.
Corbin O’Brian: I know about your conversations.
Corbin O’Brian: One man can stop the motor of the world.
Lindsay Mills: Cellphone goes in the microwave.
[she grabs MacAskill’s phone and places in the microwave]
Ewen MacAskill: Dare I ask why?
Edward Snowden: It blocks UHF frequencies.
Ewen MacAskill: Before we get onto the stories I need to more about you.
Edward Snowden: I’m twenty-nine years-old, I work as a private contractor for the NSA, for the CIA, I’ve worked in various jobs in the intelligence industry in the last nine years. It doesn’t give me any comfort and now that we’ve made contact they’re going to come for all of you too.
Laura Poitras: How about we just start with your name, okay?
Edward Snowden: My name is Edward Joseph Snowden.
Edward Snowden: The house is bugged.
Lindsay Mills: By who?
Lindsay Mills: [to Snowden] Are you going away?
[referring to the tape on the webcam of Snowden’s laptop]
Lindsay Mills: What is this?
Edward Snowden: Leave that there.
[Lindsay takes off the tape of the webcam]
Lindsay Mills: Are they watching us?
Edward Snowden: There’s something going on inside the government that’s really wrong and I can’t ignore it. I just want to get this data to the world.
Edward Snowden: I feel like I need to this and if I won’t do it then I don’t know anybody else that can.
[to MacAskill; referring to the USB stick]
Edward Snowden: This is everything I have. They’re gonna figure out what I’ve done.
Corbin O’Brian: [to Snowden] Did you access an unauthorized program?
Glenn Greenwald: The government knows that we have these documents now!
Ewen MacAskill: [to Snowden] You’re looking at a possible death sentence.
Edward Snowden: I can’t turn back from this.
Glenn Greenwald: We are running out of time.
Edward Snowden: They’re gonna come for me. They’re gonna come for all of you too.
Lindsay Mills: [to Snowden] What is it about this job that makes it more important than your life?
Edward Snowden: [to Lindsay] You have no idea what it’s like to be accountable for other people’s lives!
Edward Snowden: Terrorism is just an excuse.
Corbin O’Brian: Secrecy is security and Security is Victory.
Edward Snowden: I think the greatest freedom that I have gained, the fact that I don’t have to worry about what happens tomorrow, Because I’m happy with what I’ve done Today.
Total Quotes: 32