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First trailer for Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden movie is all drama

Technically Incorrect: Teasing the new movie "Snowden" with a trailer is no easy task. So the producers merely whet your appetite.

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


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Now there's a dramatic line. JoBlo HD Trailers/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Oliver Stone makes the sort of pleasant, sedate movies that even Merchant Ivory, those merchants of subtle stories from history, aspire to.

He takes a character, delves into their deepest (and perhaps imagined) emotions and disinters them with the help of a well-designed pickax and trowel.

You have, perhaps, seen his "JFK," "Nixon" and "W" movies, each of which don't exactly shy from stating an opinion.

So when I heard he was making a movie about Edward Snowden -- the former NSA contractor who caused world consternation when leaked many classified US government documents to journalists who published some of their contents -- I felt sure this would be a touch more dramatic than the already-existing documentary, Citizenfour.


The first trailer
was released on Tuesday and the drama drips from it.

True, there aren't any actual people in this tease. But with the haunting music and the spare use of words, you just know this won't be a movie that behaves in a kindly manner to both sides.

One sentence might stay in the mind. Over a picture of an upturned American flag are the words: "one nation under surveillance for liberty and justice for all." Now there's a pledge of non-allegiance to the company line, for you.

The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nicolas Cage and Shailene Woodley and is scheduled to be one of your Christmas treats.

Surely your Christmas always needs a stern and sober reminder of another person's view of life, the world and all who sail in it, as you chew on your festive meats and gargle with your festive spirits.