Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the title character in Oliver Stone's new film "Snowden." COURTESY PHOTO Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a biopic of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the extent of that agency’s domestic spying operations, is a serious, well-made, and genuinely frightening film.
Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald wrote the movie, based on the books “The Snowden Files” by Luke Harding and “The Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena.
Stone met personally with Snowden multiple times in Russia, where he has lived under political asylum during the last three years, while researching the film.
Open Road Films, which last year brought “Spotlight” to the big screen, produced the movie.
“Snowden” is framed by the title character, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, meeting in Hong Kong in 2013 with filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo).