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The trailer for Oliver Stone's new 'Snowden' movie is everything you'd expect

Technically Incorrect: The iconic director's take on the story of the most famous former employee of the NSA suggests a clear line between heroes and villains.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


"We're doing what?"

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Whenever I hear that there's a new Oliver Stone movie, I expect a quiet, contemplative work, bathed in nuance.

Until I see the movie, of course.

I am delighted, therefore, that the just-released trailer for his new movie about Edward Snowden, the NSA whistle-blower -- or, if you prefer, traitor -- leaves no Stone unturned.

Here in "Snowden," which debuts September 16, is Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the man currently holed up in Moscow. His intentions are noble. His features are youthful. His girlfriend is beautiful.

He really wanted to be a soldier. His legs weren't up to it. So he joins the security services. Which means he gets to meet Nicolas Cage.


You get to hear lines such as, "The NSA is really tracking every cell phone in the world." Which makes you wonder how the NSA wasn't on to Snowden and his intentions.

You also get to hear, "Most Americans don't want freedom. They want security." It's just that "The Land of the Secure" didn't quite scan in the national anthem.

This trailer also reveals Snowden having sex and his girlfriend wondering if the NSA is peeking at them. Which is quite a gruesome thought -- or, for some nerdy types, a great recruiting tool.

There's one suggestion, though, that Snowden is a man with a fulsome ego. "If I don't do this, I don't know anybody else who can," he says.

It's all quite pulsating and will likely make for a gripping movie, one that you know cannot enjoy a happy ending. A Moscow apartment is few people's nirvana.

It will take a long time before those who write history decide whether Snowden is a hero or a villain.

Oliver Stone seems to have no doubt, however. This looks like "The Fugitive" with Gordon-Levitt playing the Harrison Ford role.

I wonder if Donald Trump -- he who's called Snowden a spy who should be executed -- will go and see it.

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