This grim fact of Human Trafficking becoming a profitable criminal act has been examined in the new blockbuster movie ”The Whistleblower”, the real-life story of a female U.N. peacekeeper who uncoversa sex trafficking network in post-war Bosnia that shocked the world.
The epic 2011 movie features the ever surprising actress Rachel Weisz who declined the movie part at first but is now a part of the movie as she realized that she loves playing the role of women that are “fighting injustice”. The movie features a police officer Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) which is struggling to win custody against her ex-husband, to move closer to her daughter.
As she learns and takes part in a job with a private Blackwater-type military contractor, earning $100,000, she knows brutal realities and chaos of post-war Bosnia. Her experience as a cop helps her to navigate the politics and in-differences within her organization.
After she becomes the head of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, it’s then she learns that teenage girls from Bosnia, the Ukraine, Croatia and other countries are being held as sex slaves in the squalid backroom of a local bar and forced to service the customers, many of whom are other U.N. peacekeepers.
As Kathryn uncovers the reach of human trafficking, it becomes clear some of her colleagues and higher officials are not only aware of the situation, they ARE the situation.
Other cast members, Vanessa Redgrave exudes world-weary integrity and civility as only Vanessa Redgrave can. If only she had more to do, other than meeting with Kathryn to pass on the next bit of intel. Monica Bellucci appears as Laura Leviani, a paper pusher charged with repatriating the girls Bolkovac is trying to save. Leviani may or may not be in on the scandal.
First-time director Larysa Kondracki uses implied violence more than the in-your-face variety, which is fine because the subject matter is horrifying enough. Her handling of a side plot about women kidnapping is appropriately menacing and adds another layer to show her descent from hopeful teenager to catonic shell, numbed by fear and abuse.
The “Whistleblower” is disturbing, eye-opening, and sure to enrage even the most cynical viewer, especially after reading the postscript, which details the real-life outcome of Bolkovac’s story.
To get the sneak peek into this Reality-based movie, check out the thrilling Trailer below…
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