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The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower

21 Oct, 2011
1 hrs 52 mins
6 votes
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Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk.
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It`s never been easy for a whistleblower. Even if the one in question is the real-life inspired character of Rachel Weisz. She plays Kathy Bolkovac, a former cop who once served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia and got on the wrong side of the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. Now analyze this: They say domestic violence against Muslim women in Bosnia is something that ought to be confined to their homes; she says domestic violence is the most gruesome form of torture. ...Read full review
Rachel Weisz possesses this rare quality - she is beautiful without being distractingly gorgeous, the latter being a liability that sometimes prevents actresses from comfortably slipping into the skin of plain-Jane characters. In The Whistleblower, Weisz plays Kathryn Bolkovac, a police officer so dedicated to her job that she loses a husband as well as custody of her teenaged daughter over it. Apart from delivering a powerhouse performance, she also does a credible job of never letting us think of her as a gorgeous movie star. ...Read full review
The film is no doubt well-intentioned and, like Michael Mann`s The Insider, it makes a point of humanizing the victims instead of treating them merely as statistics. By giving us back-stories for at least two young girls, and a peek into the homes and families they were uprooted from, you get a sense that these are real people, and that emphasizes the heinousness of the crimes against them. ...Read full review
In Bosnia, she discovers that the UN peacekeepers, who are just observers/protectors, are themselves aiding and abetting various illegalities, including illegal immigration of young girls from neighbouring countries. However, she persists in doing things the right way, the way she would act as a policewoman back in America. When Kathryn excels in the investigation of a wife-battering case, which leads to a landmark judgment in the local court, her superior (Vanessa Redgrave) appoints her as the head of the Women rights protection cell there. ...Read full review