The Whistleblower

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  • The Movie Man 1 year ago
    101 of 107 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fighting human rights violations, January 17, 2012
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    The Movie Man (Maywood, New Jersey USA) –
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    “The Whistleblower,” based on a true story, is a gritty movie about sexual trafficking in Bosnia. Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), a Nebraska cop, is a divorced mom who takes a job with a security contractor for big pay and a short tour in the Balkans. She discovers that ethnic tensions have caused local cops to refuse to investigate domestic violence cases, particularly those involving Muslims. She is promoted and put in charge of gender affairs by a U.N. official (Vanessa Redgrave), but is increasingly frustrated. After building cases against sexual traffickers, she’s told they enjoy diplomatic immunity.

    Bolkovac is a lone crusader, persuading fearful women to testify against their abusers, bucking diplomatic hypocrisy, and dealing with rampant paranoia. Ms. Weisz heads this topical political thriller, turning in a powerful performance, one of her best. The movie underscores the collateral damage caused by politics and maintaining the delicate balance of world peace, though it’s far more compelling as one strong woman’s efforts to advocate for those without a voice.

    The sole special feature on this release, available in Blu-ray and DVD editions, is a featurette about real-life whistleblower Kathy Bolkovac.

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  • James Beswick 1 year ago
    75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A sharp, intellegent political drama that’s not easy to watch, January 22, 2012
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    James Beswick (Texas) –
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    This review is from: The Whistleblower (Amazon Video)
    The Whistleblower is not a comfortable film to watch, nor is it supposed to be – Rachel Weisz takes on an extremely difficult role here that could have come across as monotone in the hands of someone less capable. I used to think she was a fairly average actress but she’s clearly become somebody extremely skilled around challenging material. Some of her final scenes in the film are Oscar-worthy and underscore a number of sickening truths that have been developed throughout the script.

    From the first few minutes, it’s pretty clear that the story isn’t going to have a happy ending and once you see what military contractors and UN officials were conspiring to achieve, it’s enough to make you want to write letters to your elected representatives. I haven’t read anything to indicate that the situation shown in this film is untrue and it paints an extremely shameful picture of what Westerns organizations were doing while supposedly protecting civilians.

    Overall, it’s an intelligent and believable political drama with sharp dialog and fast pacing. Be warned that there are a couple of very unpleasant scenes that are necessary to convey the atrocities involved but may be too much for some viewers.

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  • Kimberly Smith Highland 1 year ago
    43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    from someone who has seen it, lived it, told it, February 16, 2012
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    This review is from: The Whistleblower (Amazon Video)
    Personally working in Darfur, Southern Sudan, Nuba Mountains, DR Congo, Romania, Moldova, and Peru, I can tell you that I was skeptical of this movie, before I saw it. Kathryn does an amazing job of conveying her and the girls story as well as the larger problem. And, once again, Rachel delivers an unflinching rendition of a heart-breaking, no-win situation. Many would call Kathryn a fool because she was not “successful” in saving the few, however, I know that the price she paid–and continues to pay–renders her life a broken prayer (as in K.D. Langs song, Hallelujah). God bless you both Kathryn and Rachel. […]
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