Inspired by actual events, Kathy (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 mu...more
Inspired by actual events, Kathy (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. less
“An intelligent plot further lifted by Rachel Weisz’s outstanding performance. Except a few loopholes in the screenplay, The Whistleblower is extremely well made. Go for it!”
'The Whistleblower' based on true incidents is actually two films rolled into one; one being a humanitarian drama about the flesh trade and human trafficking in Bosnia post the Serbian conflict & the other an almost thriller like setup for the investigation and expose carried out by a UN peacekeeper that implicated everyone from local authorities, the mafia right up to the U.N. & American officials themselves. While the movie is filled with plenty of interesting moments, both scenarios dont always gel together perfectly but when one begins to slack, the other one picks up pace thus never truly leaving a dull moment.
A police officer from Nebraska, Kathryn (Rachel Weisz), enrols as a U.N. peacekeeper in Bosnia hoping to make a few extra bucks. However during the course of her work she uncovers a massive flesh-trade scandal that goes right upto the highest echelons of the U.N. As she unearths more dirt and starts to gain visibility because of her actions, her life and those close to her come under threat. So will Kathryn be able to expose the rampant corruption and crimes against humanity?
The locales of Romania which stand in for Bosnia have that eerie effect but at the same time look so enchanting that almost gives the movie a dark fairytale like shade. By utilisation of the hand-held camera we are given the impression of the seriousness of the issue at hand and that is particularly true in the portions set in the U.N. offices.
Rachel Weisz is the strongest performer in the film and pretty much carries it on her shoulders; a strong female character is always a treat to watch and Weisz knows her job pretty well. David Strathairn appears in a brief but pivotal role.
'The Whistleblower' is a movie that tries to effectively combine fact and fiction, how much of it is true would be best left upto how well the movie manages to convince you and how much of it you can pick up in reading up about the incident. On its own this is a solid piece of filmmaking that will be appreciated by those who like to utilise their brains while watching a movie.