The Whistleblower – Movie Review

The Whistleblower is based on the true story of Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), a Nebraska police officer who decides to take a one year contract position as a peacekeeper in post war Bosnia. She’s good at her job, and during an investigation into an illegal bawdy house she discovers that some of the peacekeepers are taking bribes from the owner of the house in the form of money and services from the underage girls. As her investigation grows, she discovers that the cover-up runs deeper than she could ever possibly imagine, and involves both the UN and the US Military. Before she can charge those responsible and bring her information to light she’s fired and told to go home. Unwilling to leave the girls to fend for themselves Kathryn continues to fight by going to the press with everything she’d uncovered.

This movie is shocking. It would be shocking even if it weren’t a true story, but because it is it really blows you away. It is not for the faint of heart either, due to the underage sex trafficking theme. A sign of a good movie is one that leaves you thinking after the credits roll, and this one definitely fits that bill. Rachel Weisz gives a tremendous performance that should be recognized at next year’s Academy Awards. The other actors, including Vanessa Redgrave and David Strathairn in supporting roles are great as well, but their parts are small. There are a few differences in this movie from the actual events, but they are nothing important and deal mainly with Kathryn’s personal life. Another thing worth noting is that this movie does not answer every question posed, nor does it give you the wrap-up happy ending you’d hope for. It’s meant to open your eyes, and it does that extremely well.

The Whistleblower opens in the U.S. on August 5th and in Canada on August 12th. Due to the content it is not for everyone, but it’s a movie worth noticing and worth seeing.

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