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The Whistleblower (2011)

By Newguy

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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.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Shockingly Powerful Film

Story: The Whistleblower starts when Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz) who needs a transfer to be close to her family, struggling to achieve this an opportunity to make a lot of money comes up as a Peace Officer is Bosnia. In Bosnia Kathryn learns the hard way the war might be over but tensions are still sky high between the men of the multinational country.

Kathryn gets recruited by Madeleine Rees (Redgrave) to start looking into crimes within the country where she learns of the sex trafficking going on within the country and even more shockingly within the UN members themselves. Kathryn has to investigating just how high up this goes before blowing the news to the world through Internal Affairs Agent Peter Ward (Strathairn).

We also follow the victims side of the story through Irka (Kondracki), Raya (Condurache) and Luba (Schramm) from the idea of a new life to trying to survive in the sex trafficking underground never knowing who to trust.

The Whistleblower is one of the most shocking and most powerful movies I have seen in a long time, to think this is still happening in our world and it is being swept under the carpet by governments. To see and feel the struggle that Kathryn goes through to expose the truth and all of the hurdles that she had to take on. This shows that there are crimes going on in the world that just don’t get answered for and need to be addressed because there are so many people twisted enough to do this to people is truly shocking. Not many stories have hit me as hard as this one.

Actor Review

Rachel Weisz: Kathryn Bolkovac is a divorced cop that needs a transfer to keep herself in her children’s lives but the only option is a move to Bosnia to earn big money. While in Bosnia she learns the shocking truth about how the young woman are forced into sex trafficking as she battles every obstacle put on front of her to expose the truth to the world. Rachel gives us the best performance of her career in this film.

Vanessa Redgrave: Madeleine Rees is one of the authority figures within the American side trying to help out in Bosnia, she sees Kathryn as the symbol to expose the truth offering as much help as she can to make this happen. Vanessa is great in this supporting role.

Monica Bellucci: Laura Leviani is the relation officers within the Bosnian government who only does what she can to help, she will not go against anything only helping the people of her own country trying to sweep everything else under the rug. Monica is good in this supporting role throughout.

David Strathairn: Peter Ward is the Internal Affairs Agent that is working with Kathryn to make sure she gets the support needed giving them what they need to expose the truth. David is important in this role which is mostly a supporting role.

Support Cast: The Whistleblower has a great supporting casting all showing both sides of the story either the victims, the men involved and the ones willing to try and help.

Director Review: Larysa KondrackiLarysa gives us a shocking film that has to be seen.

Biographical: The Whistleblower gives us a look into the life of Kathryn and her troubles with expose the truth and doing the right thing.

Crime: The Whistleblower shows the shocking crimes going on within the aftermath of the war.

Thriller: The Whistleblower keeps us on edge from start to finish as we wonder what will be happening.

Settings: The Whistleblower puts us into the middle of the location being used showing how they would have looked during the time.

Suggestion: The Whistleblower is one I feel everyone should watch at least once to see the shocking news. (Watch)

Best Part: Just how shocking it is.

Worst Part: That this actually was happening.

Believability: Based on the real story.

Chances of Tears: Maybe a few.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: You could have seen Rachel getting a nomination.

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

Tagline: Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.

Overall: One of the most must watch films of recent years.



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