This is a harder film to watch than I expected. Why? Well, the trailer indicated it was going to be a fairly straightforward conspiracy thriller about Rachel Weisz's honest cop going to work for the UN and discovering fishy things about a human trafficking ring. What I didn't expect was for the film to go so deeply into what happens to the girls involved, and the sheer levels of corruption needed to keep such things from being investigated properly.
It's largely depressing viewing, and the degredation of the women is chilling and heartbreaking, not least because so many of the men meant to be protecting them both inside and outside the UN seem utterly heartless and even greatly amused by their pleas.
We then have Weisz to thank for keeping the film's head above water with a likeable, very human and identifiable performance, acting as a flawed but decent human rudder to steer us through the harshness.
Trust me when I say that this is neither a date movie, nor one to watch to cheer yourself up, but it is very well performed, very well written, and very emotionally moving and certainly deserves viewing. And if anything else, it goes a long way to re-confirm that Weisz is a star who deserves to be carrying more movies of her own.