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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bold docu explores Edward Snowden's controversial actions.

Movie R 2014 114 minutes
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age 16+

A film filming history

An excellent film. A bit slow at times, but that also helps portray what waiting feels like. A film filming history in real time under the skilled eyes and hands of Poitras. Incredible for its presence and its composition and of course its content. It's rare to say a film has changed the world. But indeed the world has been changed by Snowden's revelations and the key roles that Greenwald and Poitras played in those revelations. Interesting, thoughtful, and powerful.
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Definitly a great documentry to show to your 10-14 year olds. it will teach them a good moral of the story. Enjoy!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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For those who followed these events on the news, this documentary reveals nothing new, but what we do see is Snowden himself. He remains a secret as long as he possibly can in the hopes that the story itself will be covered rather than the focus being on the media's obsession with "celebrity." He has deep convictions and well-thought-out reasons for what he did, and he's well-aware of the consequences.

Whether you agree or disagree with Edward Snowden's actions, the overall portrait that emerges in CITIZENFOUR is of an American citizen willing to give up his normal and successful life in the interests of fighting what he calls "the greatest weapon for oppression in the history of man." The moments of tension and paranoia are heightened through the moments of banality: a man sitting in a Hong Kong hotel room combing his hair or working on his computer while music videos play on TV, all in the immediate moments before, during, and after his revelations shock the world.

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