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Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.
Based on the experiences of Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) who discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring while serving as a U.N. peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost.
I'm so naive sometimes.
When I watch films like this, based on true events in which people are tortured and treated worse than animals (in this case it is the trafficking of young women into Bosnia) I go all numb and nothing really computes because I can't wrap my head around the idea that people could treat other people like that. All my years of training in critical thinking go right out the window and I'm like an 8 year old who has nothing better to say than: I don't understand. How can people do that? How can someone be like that?
And when this type of story is then framed within a story of justice, it's worse. You know…
An oddly tone-deaf look at human trafficking that tries to wrap a story of intense tragedy around the most bland aspects of police procedurals and little-guy-versus-the-system movies. While I have no doubt that this is a story that should be told (inspired as it is by true events in post-war Bosnia), director Larysa Kondracki doesn't know how to tell it. Though she opts for the omnibus approach, Kondracki can't focus on any aspect of her story for more than a few minutes, creating a film that feels scattershot and incomplete. Rachel Weisz' turn as a UN Security Officer trying to sniff out collusion between her colleagues and sex traffickers is commendable, but the film doesn't know how to treat her…
Bleak film about human trafficking in post-war Bosnia. It is especially enervating because it is based on a true story. A true story where the UN peacekeeping forces (and associated private contractors) provide not only the market for the traffickers, but the infrastructure as well.
My god that was brutal and fucked up.
I thought that I had logged my first viewing on The Whistleblower but I guess not. If I had I think I would've rated it 4 stars; I really liked it the first time around. After this rewatch, however, I have to give it a 3.5.
The difference this time is that I realized how much of an absolute mess the first 20 minutes are. We're introduced to Kathy and shown that she loves her daughter and is trying to do anything possible to remain geographically close to her. In the next scene we see her in Bosnia. A few scenes later it's all of a sudden 2 months later and she's…
This is more evidence, if we needed any more, that Rachel Weisz is an absolutely fantastic actress. The first half of this film had me gripped. The second half of this movie had me thinking it was alright. And the final ending of this movie had me deeply disappointed. However, throughout the film Rachel Weisz is the one thing keeping me invested in the story, right up to the end where it ceases to work.
This film is based on a very real scandal in the UN that I had absolutely no knowledge of whatsoever. Rachel Weisz plays a policewoman who is having trouble getting transferred to a police department near to where her ex-partner and her children are currently…
This film seems to have slipped under the radar somewhat having been shot in 2010 but only being released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray earlier ths year. With such a recognisible cast (Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Strathairn, Monica Bellucci and Liam Cunningham) one must ask the question of why wasn't this film released theatrically? Without speculating about the distribution rights surrounding this German-Canadian co-production, perhaps a clue to THE WHISTLEBLOWER's 'straight-to-video' fate can be found in the rather muted merits of the film itself.
Rather unfortunately labelled a 'thriller' THE WHISTLEBLOWER is inspired by the events of real-life UN International Police officer Kathryn Bolkovac and her efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking in post-war…
Cannot rate it objectively of course.
The international community is full of shit, the UN is full of shit,
and men are pretty much a subspecies of humans.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is real life horror. <---(that's a nod to the friend who brought my attention to this site.)
2.5 BILLION people are trafficked every year. This is the true story of a UN Peacekeeper's attempts to protect girls she came into contact with in Bosnia and who were being trafficked and/or exploited by employees of a company contracted with by the U.S. Government, as well as local police and other government entities. The film points out that the U.S. continues to contract with similar companies in Afghanistan and other countries.
One troubling aspect of the film is that the U.S. Embassy, and Americans in general, were depicted as being morally superior than others regarding this issue. This is far from the truth. American men are among the most frequent customers of exploitative sex trading while doing International business or vacationing.
Como Kill The Messenger, aquí con una heroína, y me parece que el tema y sus implicaciones son aún más trascendentes.
Nothing extraordinary going on here. The story is obviously shocking, but the delivery seems like film production by numbers. Standard.
This film is based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska police officer who took a job with a private military contractor Dyncorp (called Democra in the film) who had a contract with the UN International Police force in Bosnia in the late 1990’s. In her capacity as head of gender affairs, she finds himself hip-deep in a sex trafficking conspiracy involving other Democra personnel that buy and sell women from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She finds herself working against her fellow employees, who are predominantly men, and a leadership structure more interested in covering its rear and keeping its healthy government contracts (Dyncorp has also had contracts in other countries including Afghanistan and Iraq, none…
Sykt viktig film!
Powerful and unsettling. This film made me furious. How can men have such little respect for women and their lives? Are they not sons, brothers, uncles and fathers?
Weisz excellent. Makes me sick and angry. I cannot say what I really feel.
Moving story, gets the blood boiling. Some wonky dialogue, especially at the beginning. Shaky cam for no real purpose.
movies directed by women,
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