The Whistleblower details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Monica Bellucci, Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, David Hewlett, Rayisa Kondracki|
|Genres:||Drama, Thriller - General|
|Collections:||Based on a True Story, January - Drama, Pay-per-view|
|Run time:||1 hour 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||16 Jan 2012|
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Ashamed to be a manBy Gort (20 reviews) from wakefield , 24 Oct 2011
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[Highly rated reviewer]The Whistleblower is at times a harrowing depiction of sex trafficking in post war Bosnia in 1999.
If only 10% of what Bolkovac (Weisz) uncovers is accurately represented in this film then it is an appaling indictment on the U.N.specifically and men generally.
Indeed, as a man I felt ashamed of what I was witnessing in the name of sexual gratification and money.
I am by no means a prude and believe that consenting adults should be free to enjoy and explore whatever sexual desires that befit them, but to subject women to physical and mental abuse, torture and sexual slavery, is beyond the realms of a civilised society.
Weisz is excellent and gives a befittingly gritty performance in a film that deserves better exposure than it appears to be getting.
Putting aside the nauseating use of hand held cameras (Now becoming the norm) this is a film that will leave you numb and asking how and why in this day and age do these things still happen.
We can only hope there are more women and yes men, like Kathryn Bolkovac prepared to risk their lives and careers to expose the corrupt and depraved.
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God did this film make me angry!By tankhillmax (15 reviews) from bridgnorth , 17 Jun 2013Call me ill informed but I was never aware the UN Peacekeepers after the Bosnian war were involved in such a scandal? These people were sent there to protect not abuse and take advantage of. Why isn't more made of such behaviour??
Hard to watch but worth itBy BadBabe (39 reviews) , 24 Mar 2013Glad I watch this film especially as it's based on a true story. UN Peacekeepers, what a joke, they were the clients of sex trafficked women and they had no shame paying for sex with terrified and brutalized women. The treatment of the women is often hard to watch but I was glad I watched the whole film. It's not all grim. It has good good twists and unexpected scenes.
Fails to engageBy mj55 (99 reviews) , 24 Feb 2013It is a shame that such an important story gets such a disappointing treatment. It's a bit of a confused mess. Whilst the threat to the trafficked girls is immediate and palpable the vagueness around who the bad guys are results in a lack of focus. It's horrifying but it's never that clear how deep the conspiracy goes. Where the crime stops and the politics start. This may be how it really was but the result is an unsatisfying movie - neither a shocking documentary nor a compelling storyline.
Important storyBy budda (10 reviews) , 29 Jan 2013Well worth seeing... casting could have been better and the main characters lacked substance but this is an important story that needed to be told
Shocking true storyBy Elbow (2 reviews) , 23 Jan 2013Will filmed, well acted. Harrowing story of sex trafficking. Makes you want to punch a lot of the men in it! Really interesting and gritty.
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