Citizenfour (2014)

citizenfour“Assume your adversary is capable of one trillion guesses per second. ” – Edward Snowden

Number of Times Seen – 1  (28 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A documentary chronicling the numerous secretive meetings between the filmmaker along with an investigative reporter and Edward Snowden in the days before his story is burst wide open.

My Take on it – Most of us know who Edward Snowden is and what he has done for society as a whole with his courage to inform the world of the illegal activities of parts of the US Government.

This documentary takes that information that we know and shows us the larger picture because we get to hear from Snowden himself (as it was all unfolding) what he knows and why he feels that the information must be exposed to the world.

The movie itself is mostly interviews in a sealed hotel room between Snowden, the Director and an investigative reporter as the three are locked away somewhere in Hong Kong.

The conversations are inter-spliced with real footage of congressional hearings and court cases where US officials have stated on the record that their is no unauthorized surveillance happening in the US.

I must admit that parts of it were pretty boring because it got a bit technical and listening to two guys talk about security and surveillance issues for close to 2 hours is a bit daunting.

Ultimately, we all now know the importance of the information that has been “leaked”, but there must have been a better way to make this documentary more interesting to watch for the moviegoer.

This movie seems to be the inevitable winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary and it would be deserving for that to happen, but the fact that as entertainment, this movie felt lacking, makes me wonder why more riveting and engrossing Documentaries like Life Itself (2014) or The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) weren’t nominated this year.

Bottom Line – Important story to be told, but it just isn’t an engrossing movie at all. The implications of the movie far outweigh its entertainment value.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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12 thoughts on “Citizenfour (2014)

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  2. Your bottom line really sums up my assumptions of this film. I think I’ll wait for this to hit Netflix (if it does.) Also, I can’t believe ‘Life Itself’ got snubbed. That’s a real surprise, particularly as it revolved around Roger Ebert. I don’t understand the Academy at all. I really don’t.

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  3. From my review: As a revolutionary moment in history that chronicles the life-changing decision of a brave man, it‘s an important work that demands to be seen. In that sense, this feature is indispensable. As a work of entertainment, however, it leaves something to be desired.


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