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Before a movie begins, audiences are used to being shamed into turning off their cell phones, to mixed results. But when Oliver Stone is the one doing the shaming it becomes slightly more effective.
For Snowden, the director’s upcoming release about real-life NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Stone makes a plea to moviegoers to turn off their cellular devices and also question the parties that are using said devices to “track our every move.”
Stone adds that cell phones are great for things like keeping in contact with loved ones and watching cat videos but that moviegoers must be also conscious that “the information you have put out there voluntarily is enough to burn your life to the ground.”
Throughout the PSA, Stone displays the kind of deadpan humor that British mockumentaries are made of.
Stone recently laid out his (rather bleak) outlook on the way we interact with our mobile devices to a room of nearly 6,000 at Comic-Con. During the Q&A portion of the Hall H discussion, Stone was asked about his thoughts on the augmented reality game Pokemon Go. Needless to say he is not a fan, describing the game as “a new level of invasion,” adding that it is a form of “totalitarianism.”
Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley and hits theaters Sept. 16.
Watch the Snowden PSA in the player below.
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