Well, first English review, hope that doesn’t intimidate you. And if it does, then deal with it. ;-）
First of all, I just have to say sth about the ending. The ending of Snowden is one of the best endings of a movie that I have ever seen. Mostly because his girlfriend has moved to Moscow and they live together now! (Hope i didn't spoil anything for you.) I know, I know it's not a romcom.It's a very serious movie with a prestigious theme.
OK, back to the story itself, perhaps you are not familiar with the whole Snowden news phenomenon however you must heard of some parts of the event. And in this case, if the movie keeps telling the story in a way as if you’ve never heard of Snowden, you kinda feel it’s a little bit slack. But after the first half, rhythm has been changed. You can tell that it’s been accelerated, not tremendously, but you still can feel it. Another thing may cause that is that the story is fully unfolded after such a long background telling. So in the second half when Snowden made his mind to do what he did today, you feel, oh, this is,now the story begins. And from then on, the film is intriguing. And it carries on all the way throughout the end.
Image: One of the best ending
One more thing, the score,especially at the end (the song called Snowden Moscow Variation), the music gives you a mixed feeling of admiration and hope. So touching.
Edward Snowden speech at end of the movie:
"When I left Hawaii, I lost everything. I had a stable life, stable love, family, future. And I lost thatlife, but, I've gained a new one, and I am incredibly fortunate," Snowden says. "And I think the greatest freedom that I've gained is the fact thatI no longer have to worry about what happens tomorrow, because I'm happy with what I've done today."