By Evan Slead
Updated August 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT


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Edward Snowden is unquestionably a controversial figure, but the latest clip from director Oliver Stone’s upcoming film leaves no doubt that he can easily be the smartest guy in the room.

In the new scene from Snowden, which tells the story of the man many consider a traitor, others a hero for exposing illegal NSA surveillance activities, Edward (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his fellow CIA recruits are tasked by a senior intelligence officer (Rhys Ifans) to complete an aptitude test. “Each of you will create a covert communications network within your home city,” states the officer. “The average test time is five hours. If you take more than eight you will fail.”

Stone depicts Edward’s intelligence in the scene through his speed in which he works, as we see progress bars hitting the “success” status in mere minutes. With all stages of the network created, Edward notifies the officer, who is dumbfounded by the young recruit’s progress. “It’s been 40 minutes,” says the officer. Edward quickly corrects him. “38 minutes,” he says.

See the new clip above. Snowden, also starring Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, and Scott Eastwood, opens Sept. 16.

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