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The Whistleblower
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Mar 13, 2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Larysa Dondracki

Actors:
Rachel Weisz
Vanessa Redgrave
Monica Bellucci

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A single mother/cop from Nebraska is faced with a challenge when her ex-husband moves away with their daughter. Unable to get transferred, she instead looks into a temporary gig as a U.N. peacekeeper in Bosnia, guaranteeing her a large payday for short term work. Things change when she uncovers a human trafficking conspiracy that she's unable to turn her back on.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
"Inspired by true events" is something we see thrown around the campfire quite a bit these days and I'm not going to say it doesn't add a certain type of appeal, but it really does depend on the story. For some reason, Hollywood seems to think war sells, be it yet another World War angle, Holocaust story or Middle East situation, more and more of these flicks keep coming every year. And although THE WHISTLEBLOWER does present a different side of war themed drama, I can assure you it's much more explicit and disturbing than you'd think and may not be the side people want to see.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Kathy Bolkavac: The Real Whistleblower: A surprisingly brief five minutes of input from the real Kathy Bolkavac surrounding the events of the film as well as some input from the cast (mostly Rachel Weisz) about playing such strong characters in a terrible situation.

Previews: There are also a couple trailers that play before the feature.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I can't recommend or boycott this film, I can only say that it's not pleasant to watch and there's no way to decorate this film as enjoyable. Like some documentaries, you walk away from them a little scarred inside, glad as hell it's over. That's pretty much how I felt.

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.
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2:41AM on 03/15/2012
This movie frustrated me int hat I wish I was there to beat the shit out of some people. Abuse of women never settled with me and this movie more than had it share of hard moments for me to watch as a spectator. Every guy that I thought was going to be a standup guy but then fell to peer pressure got me hot under the collar. I kept telling my brother "fine they won't give me a gun, but if I had even a baton I'd be beating people left and right."
This movie frustrated me int hat I wish I was there to beat the shit out of some people. Abuse of women never settled with me and this movie more than had it share of hard moments for me to watch as a spectator. Every guy that I thought was going to be a standup guy but then fell to peer pressure got me hot under the collar. I kept telling my brother "fine they won't give me a gun, but if I had even a baton I'd be beating people left and right."
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