The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower (2010), American policewoman Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) uncovers evidence that U.N. peacekeepers In Bosnia are complicit in a flourishing sex-trafficking trade.  She was sent to Bosnia to train cops in the aftermath of that country’s brutal civil war. But when she brings her allegations to light, she discovers that her foes are more powerful than the law. Based on the true story of a police officer from Nebraska, who joined the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. She found underage girls were being traded and held hostage in a sex trafficking operation there. Bolkovac discovered that local police and U.N. peacekeepers themselves were also involved.  When she approached her managers, she was first ignored, then fired.  This is a gritty and unsettling film that, at times, is difficult to watch. At the same time it is gripping and compelling. The atmosphere in the movie is taut throughout — the tension is almost suffocating.  Bolkovac’s character as she stands upright with dignified resolve in the face of alpha male villainy is something to applaud and learn from. Thank God for people like her. Here is a person who has shown so much more integrity than our recent raft of feckless presidents, senators, and congressmen. She is an inspiration. What’s stunning is that the American private security firm DynCorp International, whose employees committed these crimes, is still employed by the U.S. government in all sorts of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.  My brother who is a Georgia State trooper worked as a private contractor in Iraq and Saudi. When this movie came out he said “It’s about time. These private companies are getting away with breaking the law every day.”  Wow, what an eye opener! Many people don’t know human trafficking is real and it takes place every day.  These things are really going on, and we should all be awoken to them.  This is a gripping semi-documentary involving a topic that needs widescreen attention.  Good story line, good pacing, tension building to a crescendo, straightforward realistic acting (nothing forced or over-the-top), and straightforward honesty about utterly sickening, depraved corruption at the highest international levels (including but not limited to the UK and USA) which continues to this day. This movie does what we are supposed to do as civilized humans: expose that which is evil and hidden from public knowledge. The world needs more whistleblowers.  There are more than an estimated 2.7 million victims of human trafficking in the world right now.  If people understood more about the reality of this ever-increasing crisis, it would help to inform society on how we can help victims and eventually put an end to the human trafficking industry.  If the purpose of this film is to shake up the viewer to actually care to the core about the victims of sex-trafficking, it certainly has succeeded with me. Bravo, brave Kathryn Bolkovac for daring to take on a world of evil, and for inspiring this unforgettable film.  This is a powerful movie well worth watching.  I recommend it for the information it provides. Very eye-opening.  Very sad story.  Before the closing credits, the onscreen printed remarks regarding the facts of the story are nearly as chilling as the movie itself.  The story is so compelling, so horrific, and so well told that it deserves higher ratings than the usual Hollywood mere fictional treatments dressed up with high-speed car chases, gunfights, maniacal villains, and obligatory sex. It’s a shame some of those big-name producers don’t get involved in making more true-life movies about this kind of stuff and less nonsense. TheWhistleblower is the real deal.  Docudrama Thriller 2010 R 112 minutes.


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