Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Whistleblower

Director: Larysa Kondracki

Starring: Kathryn Bolkovac, David Strathairn, Vanessa Redgrave, Alexandru Potocean

Based on a true story, the movie is a harrowing tale of corporate-sanctioned sex trafficking. Troubled, Rachel Weisz (Kathryn Bolkovac) is an American peacekeeper in Bosnia during the late '90s. After she helps a Muslim woman prosecute her husband for spousal abuse she is put in charge of the U.N.'s gender affairs office. Bolkovac uncovers evidence foreign girls are being used as S&M sex slaves after she is asked to help the local police. Bolkovac then uncovers evidence foreign girls are being used as S&M sex slaves. More problems follow as she comes up against local gangsters, international bureaucrats and the multinational defense contractor that signs her paycheck. She finds allies in Madeleine Rees (Vanessa Redgrave), head of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, and Jan Van Der Velde (David Strathairn), an internal-affairs investigator. But corruption is everywhere. Could be better but worth a watch anyway.

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