THE WHISTLE BLOWER
A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.
The Whistle Blower is starting Rachel Weisz who’s really a terrific actress who’s not terrifically good in this particularly. It’s kind of a one-note portrayal, apparently by portraying a real woman in a real situation that really deserves some notice, which is white slavery, basically. The story starts with a couple of young women in Russia and one of them says to the other, come and let’s get your picture taken. And she says no, I’m not going to do that. I don’t think my mother would like it. Then she has a fight with her mother, so she goes back to her friend. And you’re sitting there in the theatre saying no, don’t do that. And she does anyway. And the idea is that these kids end up kidnapped and being used in parts of the world where there are American troops and UN troops essentially as prostitutes. They’re drug addicted and they’re slaves. But the movie is so graphic. I mean, it’s clearly a huge problem and deserves to be looked at, but the movie is nearly unwatchable because it’s just so unpleasant and so brutal, to the extent — and I know I’m kind of wimping out on this, but people go to movies to be entertained and while this one is incredibly important, it’s just very hard to watch. And unfortunately, that’s going to hurt it at the box office. So as heartfelt, I would give it lots of points. As a movie to go to, it’s very hard to give it very many because people are going to be furious with me for watching it. But it is an important issue. So how do I bring it to somebody’s attention. So be aware of it, but I don’t think people are going to go to this movie. One star.