Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD January 24
Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) and Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) head a powerful cast that includes Oscar® Nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) in writer-director Larysa Kondracki’s harrowing dramatic thriller. When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz) accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in post-war Bosnia, she uncovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. After learning that fellow peacekeepers and military contractors are involved in the ghastly practice and its cover-up, Bolkovac risks her own life to save the lives of others and expose the corruption. With masterful acting and a heart-racing plot, THE WHISTLEBLOWER is an acclaimed film inspired by actual events and includes stellar supporting performances from Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded) and David Hewlett (“Stargate: Atlantis”).
I often pass on movies based on disturbing true events, and it doesn’t get much much disturbing than this. It’s down right scary and sadly more common than a lot of people know. We recently had a ring of human traffickers arrested only minutes from where we live. Just as shocking as the arrest, it didn’t make much noise around here. For the life of me I will never understand the lack of attention this serious problem receives. Like other life lessons, education has got to be the key to protect one another and our children.
I had a hard time getting attached to this movie, despite the important subject matter and Rachel Weisz’s driven performance. In fact entire cast does a fine job. The story though gripping at times, plays out like a good book without an ending. Sadly, almost without a beginning. I don’t see watching this movie as a waste of time by any means, or refer to it as a bad movie. In-fact I recommend viewing it, at least for the education of human trafficking alone. I just went in having higher hopes for it.
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