Saturday, May 18, 2024

Edward Snowden’s Ears Must Be Burning in Russia– He’s Mentioned in Two Movies Opening this Weekend


Famed hacker and leaker of government secrets Edward Snowden’s ears must be burning. He’s mentioned in two movies opening this weekend.

Indeed, he’s only mentioned but sort of turned into a plot point in “Jason Bourne.”

You see, with China and Russia now becoming movie audiences– and sending millions of dollars back to Hollywood– those countries can no longer be our enemy in spy thrillers.

Instead, hackers have become the enemy– or people with access to malware. In “Jason Bourne” there is much discussion of Snowden as the hack in the movie is said to be much, much worse.

In “Equity,” a terrific indie film opening with Anna Gunn, a “privacy company with a social network” called Cachet is vulnerable to hacking. Again, the discussion is that “after Snowden” anything can happen.

Of course, fugitive Eddie is the subject of Oliver Stone’s film “Snowden,” in which he’s played by Joseph Gordon Levitt. “Snowden” has been selected for the Toronto Film Festival, after which it will be distributed by Open Road.

And let’s not forget that only two years ago, in 2015, “CitizenFour,” Laura Poitras’s film about Snowden, won the Oscar for Best Documentary.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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