I've never been a big fan of Rachel Weisz, she's alright and more than capable in this sort of role but something about her just doesn't sit well with me. It might just be that I haven't seen her since the awful DREAM HOUSE (what a terrible flick), luckily her performance here is much more solid. She plays a hard as nails, down on her luck single mom fighting the good fight rather well, but it's not the acting I found disturbing, it's the content. I don't care for war themed films. There's the odd action/thriller I don't mind, but for the most part they're just not my thing. Add to that a storyline that revolves around human trafficking (of women) and we're automatically entering cringe territory. I didn't care for it in TAKEN, but at least they focussed more on the ass beating Liam Neeson was dishing out rather than the brutalizing of women. Not so here. The content found herein is hard to watch, pushing the envelope farther than I wanted to see.
THE WHISTLEBLOWER pushes the true story angle with dramatic, sympathetic, yet truly awful tactics and it's going to rub a lot of people the wrong way. I get that this is a story about a cop who takes a peacekeeping gig at the U.N. for some extra cash, only to discover all the bad shit going on down there. I also get her G.I.JANE angle and her struggle to take it all down. It's a commendable thing she did, no disputes there, and it's easy for us to say "yay" or "nay" about it when we're clearly not in that position, but some true stories don't need to make it to film, especially sporting such controversial subject matter. I'm not saying this is a bad film or a good one, it's one of those stories like SCHINDLER'S LIST, was that a "good" or "bad" movie, I can't say, it's not that simple. THE WHISTLEBLOWER falls directly into the same category for me.
Previews: There are also a couple trailers that play before the feature.
Extra Tidbit: You know it's bad when I couldn't even enjoy the addition of Monica Bellucci's fine ass. It was a sad story all around.