Citizenfour is an excellent documentary about Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who tries hard to avoid the spotlight, saying that the story is not about him, but rather about revelations of the mass surveillance of ordinary citizens - all of us, all of the time, not just a few terrorism suspects, by our own government.
People in a hotel room talk and fiddle with laptops. No car chases, no guns, no glamorous encounters. Sound boring? Not a bit.
Cellphones collected are put in the fridge. Snowden pulls a shirt over his head and laptop screen as he engages in password activity. That the door could be kicked open at any moment is a real possibility. The tension put a knot in my stomach.
Real spy work is tedious. Fail to protect yourself with the proper procedures, and you could be in serious trouble. Every situation is ambiguous. Uncertainty hovers in the background. "We don't know what is going to happen."
This is a film about people whose courage and integrity moves them to take risks on behalf of their belief in democracy.