Terrifying! This is a story that must be told. Something like this could be expected to happen 5.000 years ago, in some dark space of some dark corner of a conquering empire. But we have slavery today. People are bought and sold. Some are sold for the sex trade. And some are kept in gruesome conditions and tortured. And, in some cases, authorities are complicit. People cannot be considered war hazards, slaves!!!
Think Hostel, sans torture porn - and, for that reason, much more unsettling and powerful. Think Abu Ghraib: The Bosnia Edition. Major conspiracy led by the so-called Good Guys, aka the United Nation. A "real" horror experience where "real" corresponds to the Lacanian "real", that is, What resists symbolization.
This brutal story poses a rather uncomfortable question: how safe are we in the hands of our guardians? Disturbing images, wonderful performances from Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave, but the most unsettling element is the fact that, although dramatised, the movie is based on real facts. Thus, after watching, there is only one more conclusion left to be drawn: life is as predictable as fiction.
There is no point in discussing any sort of artistic value in "the Whistleblower" since the subject matter is of that great importance to each and everyone of us. The fact that the outcome of the movie was not a surprise to me at all made it even more unsettling and real.
great acting, fantastic and moving film, just saddened me beyond belief to see how cruel and brutal the human being is capable of being, in this case the united nations and human slave sex traficking. it really rocked me to my core and i was prepared having heard about the story on the underground media. i guess i hoped it would all work out. reality was, it didnt at all.
A powerful drama based on a true story of how the UN was trafficking women whilst on a peace mission in Bosnia and the struggle of one woman to put an end to it. Weisz is very convincing as the angry woman against a corrupt and politically supported system.
Better than average issue movie. Often sacrifices delving into the characters in favor of delving into the issues, but the actors are good enough to minimize the loss from those sacrifices - and the issues definitely deserve attention.