The Whistleblower is about a U.S. police officer that joins the peacekeeping program in Bosnia to make some quick cash so she can afford to move to where her ex-husband has relocated with her daughter. The issues presented in the film, however, were and are very real, and the movie is based on a true story.
Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz, “The Lovely Bones) is a police officer in Nebraska, and her ex-husband is about to move away with their daughter, of whom he has custody. She applies for a transfer but her request is denied, and one of her coworkers tells her about a program in Bosnia where she can make $100,000 in only six months. She decides to enroll in the program, and at first glance it doesn’t look much different than being a police officer. However, when Kathryn discovers that there is a rampant sex slave business going on, and she takes her findings to the United Nations, she is unprepared and shocked that they try to cover it up.
Yes, see this movie. Weisz gives a great performance here, as does David Strathairn (“The Tempest”) as an associate who is trying to help her break the scandal open. There’s a twist at the end and then, before you can even react, the information in that twist changes. My only complaint is that the film was a little slow during the middle of the movie, but it picks up as it reaches its ending, and it’s crazy to think how this is (based upon a) true story, and that every day more and more girls are sold into the business of sex slavery.
The Whistleblower is rated R with a runtime of 112 minutes.
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