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Plot: A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. Runtime: 112 mins Release Date: 23 Jun 2011
Surely a 2nd Oscar for Rachel Weisz (by JimmyCollins)
So i sat down this evening at a special screening of The Whistleblower, id seen the trailer and was certainly intrigued as i think Rachel Weisz is an extremely fine actress, and it reminded me of a similar Australian film i saw a few years earlier called 'The Jammed'. I was absolutely floored by this film, so many times i was literally holding back my anger and my urge to yell at the screen.The story is a story that has been told somewhat before but none have had Rachel Weisz, she is the pure driving force of this movie, picturing someone else in this role is near impossible. The <more>
supporting cast are also stellar, I particularly enjoyed David Strathairn's character, one good guy in the midst of all these corrupt male cops, and the actress who played Raya gave a heartbreaking portrayal of a trapped woman.The fact that sex trafficking is still a major problem in the world is horrifying, i hope this movie eventually gets a full release in Australia as i think its a film a lot of people should see as sex trafficking is a major problem here.Be prepared to hold back your rage and frustration....Come Oscar time i hope Weisz gets the recognition she so rightly deserves.In one word : Flawless
A story that so desperately NEEDS TELLING! (by susanna_uk)
If you only watch one movie this month - this should be the one. Its not perfect in terms of putting a movie together but the glitches are very few. More important is the message and if you are not shocked and deeply troubled about our society after watching it I would be surprised! Human trafficking is something most of us all to readily assume is some minor issue that doesn't happen to those around us or is perpetrated by the supposedly small percentage of 'bad guys' around us. But men typically have a very different mindset about rape to how women view and feel about it - and I <more>
personally felt this depiction of the realities of the world we actually live in both horrifying and sadly sickening thanks to a virtually global scale of indifference and lip service! The lack of action on the part of the American bureaucratic system after what was happening was exposed along with the European governments et al as well to clean up the contractors and the representatives sent to these destabilised regions, all to well underlines the real attitude to dealing with this epidemic of trafficking, systematic rape and torture. Trafficking is certainly alive and well thanks to that attitude and indifference to deal with this issue largely by men . The fact that she was unable to obtain work anywhere after this expose all to readily underlines the lack of interest in the private contractors to cleaning up their own operations... Deeply Sickening and Saddening!
I'm from Belgrade, Serbia. It is not important at all but I wanted to say that... I really needed an intelligent movie like ''Whistleblower'' this summer. It's well-crafted story, with stunning performance of Rachel Weisz. She's superb. Keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very end. Human, but not false - very real on the contrary. And yes, it's Oscar worthy performance! Of course, there will be Meryl, Glenn, Keira... But, this movie is such a slap to America, to the UN, to Democra. So I bet... I BET!, Rachel wouldn't be nominated for the A. Award. <more>
Do you remember ''Avatar - The Hurt Locker story''? Well, it's the same!
The Whistleblower is an excellent film, but it left me depressed. However, its message is undoubtedly important and I think that it definitely deserves an enthusiastic recommendation, not exactly as an entertainment, but as a testimony of a horrible situation which is unfortunately extended all around the world, even though the story from the film is set in Serbia and Bosnia. Which one of so many possible atrocities does The Whistleblower deal with? The human trafficking; and even though it does not offer solutions probably because they don't exist , it at least brings us new reasons to <more>
feel ashamed of the human genre.Having established the importance of the message expressed by The Whistleblower, I will proceed to focus myself into its many cinematographic attributes. The screenplay is fascinating, and it kept me in suspense the whole time, because even though it does not have the structure from a traditional thriller, the crusade undertaken by the main character demands a strong emotional response; and as well as we share her hope of a positive solution, we also feel her frustration when she faces the constant obstacles she finds from the mafia, the bureaucracy and even the enslaved young women, who are too scared in order to testify against their captors. The only thing I can say against this film is that the screenplay should have explored a bit more some of the subjects it deals with.Rachel Weisz brings a great performance in the leading role from The Whistleblower, due to the wide range of emotions she perfectly expresses with her character. Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn, Roxana Condurache, Paula Schramm and Nicolaj Lie Kass also bring perfect works. So, in conclusion, The Whistleblower is a hard but brilliant movie whose finality is not amusing us for a while, but illustrating us about a sad reality which is lived by millions of people every day. I guess that it is difficult to think about that when we have our own problems which are undoubtedly minor, even though they affect us daily , but that apathy is exactly what companies like DynCorp need in order to enrich themselves at the expense of the human misery. Even though I think that exactly the same can be said about any government.
Wow, hell of a movie and sad report on our inhumanity to each other. (by davidfurlotte)
Firstly, I have to say that I was greatly impressed at the quality of the movie because it was a Canadian production and to be honest, I have rarely seen us live up to the quality we are capable of achieving.Rachel Weisz has definitely grown as an actress from her days of doing the Mummy movies. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved her character in those movies but I never would believe she could have the 'chops' to do a movie this intense and carry it off. Kudos to you, Rachel, you were magnificent.To the reviewer that thought this was some kind of "CSI" movie, I have <more>
to agree with another reviewer. OBVIOUSLY, you need to buy a clue and realize that this was not just some fairy tale; it was a very dark, real, portrayal of human trafficking that is going on all around us.But this movie was more than just a story, it is a report on an INTERNATIONAL organization that is supposed to PROTECT the helpless not only turning a blind eye, but actually becoming INVOLVED in something that 55 years ago, people were being tried and hung for in Nuremburg.As a resident of Markham, just northeast of Toronto, I had to chuckle when I saw them using Toronto City Hall as the U.N. offices in Bosnia but I'm sure that only Toronto residents would recognize the interior.Overall, an excellent movie, worthy of many awards and I only hope that many more people will see it and realize how serious a problem we have on our hands. Please do give it a watch. I now find myself having to watch "Taken" because I need something to uplift me a bit and make me think there is someone out there that can do something righteous against these human trafficking scum.
Powerful, Gripping and Heartbreaking (by claudio_carvalho)
In 1999, in Nebraska, the police officer Kathryn Bolkovac Rachel Weisz sees the chance to raise money to be close to her teenage daughter, who lives with her father in another state, with the temporary assignment serving as U.N. peacemaker in Bosnia.The idealistic Kathryn believes that she can make the difference in a country devastated by the war, and she works hard and is promoted to director of her department. But soon she discloses a corruption and human trafficking ring with the direct participation of contractors and diplomats that have diplomatic immunity and she does not know who is <more>
reliable."The Whistleblower" is a powerful, gripping and heartbreaking movie about corruption and human trafficking in a country devastated by the war. There are great movies about human trafficking and "The Whistleblower" has a plus since it is based on true events.Rachel Weisz has a top-notch performance in the role of the brave Kathryn Bolkovac, whose story can be easily found in Internet. Ms. Vanessa Redgrave and the always efficient David Strathairn lead the magnificent supporting cast. My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "A Informante" "The Whistleblower"
The previous reviewer obviously didn't know that this is a true story. The specific victims were fictionalized, but the overall story of what was happening and what Rachel Wiesz's character went through are true. They are not a contrived, or "generic" "CSI" story.That said, as a movie, Whistleblower delivers in telling about this difficultand important event. Some of the scenes were hard to watch, but, as the director mentioned at the Q&A after the screening I saw, it was just scratching the surface of what was going on. Vanessa Redgrave's character, though <more>
her scenes were relatively brief, really shined. I appreciated that the cinematography didn't involve any fancy styles or overly dramatic music. The director let the impact of the story itself, and Rachel Wiesz's fine acting, carry the movie.
Human Trafficking is not important...apparently!!! (by loco_73)
"The Whistleblower" is another of those movies that fall under the category of "important", which seem to have been discarded and buried by the studios with little or no promotion or press as to its release. It brings to mind movies like "Without A Name", "Shake Hands With The Devil" and a few others.It is almost as if the studios and all other parties involved are embarrassed by this movie and having made it in the first place, so they chose the middle of summer to bring it to screen, and worse, on as few of them as possible. Buried amongst a slew of <more>
popcorn blockbusters and big title releases, this movie disappeared quickly from movie theatres and from people's awareness, as it appears was intended.Its subject matter is not an easy one, as it deals with one of humanity's scourges, namely human trafficking, a phrase which seems to be more acceptable and suited to our modern day sensibilities and political correctness, a scourge that I, myself, like to call it for what it actually is...slavery.Yes folks, if you thought that slavery is buried and gone, you are dead wrong! It still thrives and it is as cruel, barbaric and dehumanizing as ever. Faces, places and dates might have changed, but the basic cruelty and oppression upon which slavery is based has remained.Though the story is set over 10 years ago, most of the subject matter is as relevant today as it was then, as is the urgency to deal with this dark and on-going chapter of human history, one which our "civilized" world apparently continues to tolerate and allows to exist.The wonderful cast, Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Regrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn among them, tries to bring some humanity and context to this depressingly realistic take on the trafficking and sale of human beings, in this instance women from the former Yugoslavia and the rest of the Eastern European bloc.The movie is as bleak as the topic it tackles, and as devoid of a clear-cut resolution or triumph as in real life. Every small success is counteracted by more disappointment, failure and a deep sense of impotence and frustration at the inability to do anything about it. The identity and nature of the parties involved and partaking in this cruel and inhumane enterprise is all the more shocking and discouraging. It is literally one step forward and two steps backward...to put it mildly.If you are looking for some story of heroism or some silver lining, be forewarned...there is none. Still, I would like to challenge people outhere to see this movie for themselves, rent it, buy it, watch it on-demand, stream it on the internet, whatever! I feel that this film deserves more attention from as many people as possible. If enough of us see it and if any of it permeates into our consciousness, then perhaps we will at least be more aware of the world we inhabit, better yet, some brave souls might even decide to do something about it!
Captivating thriller with a very sad undertone (by Robert_duder)
I am always moved by stories about Human Trafficking. I find the entire concept disgusting and disturbing. Any film that can help bring to light this travesty I support. The Whistleblower is equal parts entertaining as it is educational. Based on a true story the concept is just fascinating and disturbing that something like this could happen. The film has excellent pace and told against the gritty and dark world of Bosnia. This is definitely a side of the Bosnian war and world that is rarely discussed that I've ever heard. A powerful lead performance and a riveting story makes this a <more>
must see film. It isn't easy to watch as it does deal in some very heavy topics but the film does handle it in a very graceful way so that it is the furthest thing from exploitation but really does have a message to say.Rachel Weisz gives an excellent performance as the UN worker taking on a conspiracy involving UN workers and the sex trade. Its always great to see a strong female character and she really does it brilliantly. She really is the focal point of the movie and there isn't really anyone else who spends as much screen time as she does. But there is a terrific supporting cast including David Strathairn, Roxana Condurache, Monica Bellucci and Nikolaj Lie Kaas in strong roles. Vanessa Redgrave has a very small role in the film that barely is a blip on the radar so I can't much speak to her performance as it is too small, almost a cameo.First time big screen director and writer Larysa Kondracki really out did herself with this great story and great movie. I can't stress enough how impressed I am that she managed to blend entertainment with education and tell a solid story, good pace, captivating characters and get that strong message across. The Whistleblower is a fast paced, well made thriller well worth your time. Only be warned by the dark overtone and content. It isn't a cut and dry ending either because neither is the topic but it all works well. 8.5/10