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The Whistleblower [2010] [BLU-RAY]

Rachel Weisz , Vanessa Redgrave , Larysa Kondracki    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Directors: Larysa Kondracki
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers Films
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,020 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Inspired by actual events.

Hard up Nebraska Police Office Kathryn Bolkovac (Academy Award®-winner Rachel Weisz) accepts a well-paying UN peacekeeping job courtesy of a private military contractor working on behalf of the UN. She arrives in post-war Bosnia expecting a harmonized international effort, but instead finds chaos and disorder against a back drop of simmering ethnic tensions.

When a brutally injured young woman lands in the UN s care, Kathryn risks her own safety as she unearths an organised and brutal underworld of sex trafficking. Despite attempts to thwart her investigation and threats on her life she fights to uncover the truth and traces the path of criminality to a shocking source.


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A brutally important film… Rachel Weisz is quite superb --Screen Daily

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Benminx
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.
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Agree with the reviews I have read so far - this is not a feel good Friday night move but the storyline, dialogue and acting skills of Rachel Weisz make this a 4/5 movie. Definitely some harrowing scenes but it is more the unbelievable "true" story that this portrays from Bosnia/Serbia and the shocking nature of what went on during the war there.
Would recommend it to watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not made for entertainment...... 6 April 2014
By Phoober
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This is an exceptional film, but be warned, it does not make for easy viewing, especially when you know that it is based on true events.

In places, it is extremely brutal and painful to watch, especially if you are a woman - sorry, but this is a fact - and you absolutely will find yourself insanely angered and upset by the subject matter and unable to believe that this kind of cruelty goes on in the world - but it does and this film shows you just how it does.

The performances are brilliant - even by the lesser known actors and especially by the young actress Roxana Condurache, who plays the character Raya. There is one scene in the movie where this character is violently violated in order to punish her and keep her in check, and it is unbearable to watch.

It is one of those films that makes you think very deeply about the position of women in this world and asks you to take action - may be this is the purpose of the film - or may be this is just the effect it had on me? And the courage of Kathryn Bolkovac is, in itself an inspiration.

This is not a film to watch for entertainment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biopic highlighting human trafficking 14 Mar 2014
This is compelling viewing on three counts: 1) it is based on a factual situation with the actual central character involved being an advisor; 2) it is very well made with first class performances from the main leads and 3) it is very well directed with horrifyingly realistic photography that leaves nothing to the imagination yet avoids undue sensationalism. To think that UN 'Peacekeepers' could have been actively involved in human trafficking and that the 'powers that be' were complicit in keeping it under wraps is chilling and horrifying.
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By BigAl82
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Not knowing what I was in for I type this review feeling thoroughly emotionally drained. It's a dark, depressing, devastating and disturbing drama. Chillingly performed and far scarier than any horror movie I have seen. There is no respite from this horror. Harrowing and utterly compelling. Brutally done. And yet what we see, though horrific and tragic, is nothing compared to what we don't see and what actually happened and happens still. An important film that needs to be seen. It will stay with you after the credits have rolled. That may read trite but it's a statement of truth and fact. I bought this film because I like Rachel Weisz. And she is heartbreakingly good here. Strong and vulnerable, brave and beautiful in the face of such atrocities. Hers is a stunning portrayal of a woman trying to do the right thing and paying the price for it. I cannot recommend this film highly enough but my recommendation comes with a warning: this film will not give you any type, sort or kind of happiness whatsoever at all. You have been forewarned.
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