The Whistleblower

2010

Action / Biography / Crime / Drama / Thriller

96
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 71%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 28103

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Cast

Monica Bellucci as Laura Leviani
Rachel Weisz as Kathryn Bolkovac
Benedict Cumberbatch as Nick Kaufman
Vanessa Redgrave as Madeleine Rees
720p.BLU
701.32 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 52 min
P/S 1 / 25

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by We luv films 9 / 10

a heartbreaking and important movie

I watched this when it was first released and had nightmares for weeks. i watched it again today, prompted by recent events in the news. it was harder to watch the second time because i know that these things happen everyday to someone. Rachael Weiss is mesmerising and plays her role with understated intensity, a lesser actor wouldve gone for an over the top interpretation, why dont we see more of Ms Weiss? the plot moves slowly in parts but delivers a series of gut wrenching emotional blows when necessary. it is a very involving movie, i challenge you to watch it without wanting to punch someone or do more research on the players in the true events its based on. by the end I was shaking with anger and sadness all over again but I'll never forget this film. isnt that the point of a great piece of art?

Reviewed by tafilint2003 10 / 10

Excellent movie based on a true story

This movie clearly shows how UN, USAID, IFOR, IPTF, Democra and many other international organizations were involved in human trafficking of underage girls in Bosnia, their rape, prostitution, torture and murders.

Movie is pretty good and very emotional. It's weird that a movie like this didn't receive any awards. Horrible movies with crappy stories win a lot of awards, and this one well made movie, showing a true story, with good production has won zero awards. One of the actresses received a few awards, but not the movie.

And IMDb rating of 7.2 is an insult for this movie. Much worse movies have higher rating than this one.

I guess telling the truth is still a crime. Even awarding a movie that tells the truth seems to be a crime.

Reviewed by Robert J. Maxwell 4 / 10

Keeping the Piece.

Human trafficking, a subject that deserves more serious attention than it gets here. And it IS pretty serious. The CIA estimates that a conservative number of kidnapped people smuggled into the US alone is more than 50,00 a year. That figure includes those kidnapped for purposes other than sexual. This movie deals with a variant of that theme -- it's trafficking all right, but the young girls in Bosnia aren't just kidnapped and kept captive in whorehouses; sometimes they're deliberately sold into bondage by other family members. And they may or may not be brought across national borders. The film is unclear about that point.

The central figure is Rachel Weisz, an officer sent to Bosnia as part of an international peace-keeping force, an "elite unit", or so she thought. The peace keepers aren't members of any of the armed forces. They're mostly government contractors who are kept in check by the bureaucrats of agencies whose actual identities eluded me. The UN is in there somewhere.

Weisz is soon disabused of the notion that this is a morally responsible unit. She discover that with the complicity of the local police, girls are being sequestered in a seedy night club and sold for on-the-spot tricks to the unholy members of the peace keeping force. If somebody takes a girl home for the night it costs him double. Weisz has one or two trustworthy friends among the peace keepers and she has the support of two higher-ups, Vanessa Redgrave and David Strathairn. They aren't high up enough. The head honcho, all politesse, has been trying to get rid of Weisz since she arrived and began her investigation into whoredom. In their interview he gently praises her record and asks if if wouldn't be nice if she could go home to her child and take her on a long vacation, hit all the high spots in Europe. How thrilling for Weisz's daughter. But Weisz wants to get on with the job. "Not the maternal type?", asks the high muckamuck -- and the director has the good sense to let the camera linger for a few moments on Weisz's intractable face.

It comes to naught. Despite the aid of her pals, her investigation is closed and she's booted out of town.

It's a serious subject and it gets a treatment that lies somewhere between a Lifetime Network made-for-TV movie and one of those old Westerns from the 30s in which the good guys where white hats and the bad guys dress in black so it's easy to tell them apart and to know whom to root for. I believed the general outline of the story but virtually none of the actual incidents we see on screen. The managers of the girls are truly and unproductively evil. They beat the girls, shove them around, bark out orders, shove iron pipes into their orifices, and if they are too recalcitrant they get a bullet in the head. The girls are too terrified to cooperate with Weisz.

That's no way to keep order among a couple of dozen captive young women. And if the participants in the system were clever enough to organize this million-dollar industry, I suspect they'd know that. The girls are kept like rats in a cage, with a chipped bowl for a toilet. They're dressed in rags and kept filthy. They're fed once a day in the morning and severely punished if they don't finish their food. They look like hell. Who would pay enough money for their company to make a profit. Cripes, they're right out of Dickens' "mudlarks." But the intrinsic incredibility of the relationship between owners and sex slaves is just one element that contributes to the film's overall weakness. Weisz is a determined woman and when balked she turns hysterical, shrieking and pounding men on the chest and face, begging the girls' cooperation, weeping with frustration. Two of these scenes are not only over the top but they go on too long. We already know Weisz is a heroine.

I suppose we're supposed to give the movie a thumbs up because of its potent subject matter -- argumentum ad miseracordiam -- but a poor screenplay cheapens the tragedy we're witnessing on the screen. They could have done better than this. The topic deserves it.

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