The Whistleblower

Summary: How far will one woman go to fight global injustice? Clandestine secrets are waiting to be exposed in the gripping dramatic thriller THE WHISTLEBLOWER, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD January 24 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Inspired by true events, THE WHISTLEBLOWER has been met with praise by critics and heralded at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (“Best Narrative Feature”), Seattle Film Festival (“Best Director”) and Whistler Film Festival (“Best Film,” “Best Narrative Feature”).


This movie was awesome from start to finish.  As a mom of four I understand what was going this woman's mind when she saw the dollar signs she would be getting from taking this one job, a simple job, or so it was supposed to be.  Unknowing at the time that Kathryn Bolkovac's heart would get in the way of the work that her employer (the U.N.) said she was to do was the first issue she would face.  But with that care for what she was doing came a "promotion".  This movie is a drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac.  Kathryn was a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and until she outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.
Kathryn had lost her children due to a divorce and the court system saw that she valued her job more than motherhood (this is how the movie portrays it), she took this job in the U.N. thinking it would bring her closer to her kids in the end.  She couldn't afford to move to follow the kids and their dad so she took this job in Bosnia thinking it would be just months and she'd be able to purchase a home closer to her kids.  But alas she witnessed things in Bosnia that she won't soon forget and she discovered things that the U.N. wishes she never had and definitely never cared about.  Trying to save young girls from human trafficking she figured out her case and got all the dirt on the men doing the "business".  Unfortunately, when push comes to shove the girls were too scared and in the end Kathryn's pushing cost lives to be lost and inevitably her own job with the U.N.  It's hard to believe that these cover ups do exist, it's even harder to believe that some people can live with themselves treating others this way, living this way, it sickens me.
Kathryn did what she believed was right and I think that Rachel Weisz did an amazing job playing the part.  She was very convincing of her role as Kathryn.  My only negative about this movie is....I had to "read" a great deal of it.  I really don't like to read movies because there is so much else going on in the scenes onscreen and you miss that when you are stuck looking at the bottom of the screen to figure out what they are saying.  In my opinion that is the only thing that could have made it better.  BUT.... it needed to be in the languages spoken to get a real grasp on the experiences, on the situations faced by Kathryn.  I think this movie is very well done.  And even though I don't like movies you have to read, I can't wait to sit down and watch it with my husband.

I give this movie 2 out of 2 thumbs up.

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