And yet, the film's proximity to Snowden's story is a major reason why it works. Outside of techies and privacy advocates, many people don't seem to be too concerned about the notion of being needlessly spied upon by their government. Snowden, despite being a bit simplistic and old-fashioned, is a solid reminder for normal folks of why privacy issues matter. And it comes just in time, as the ACLU and Amnesty International just launched a petition to have President Obama pardon Snowden this week.