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The Whistleblower

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Whistleblower
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When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in postwar Bosnia, she discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost. With masterful acting and a heart-racing plot, an acclaimed film inspired by actual events. Bonus features included.
Title: The whistleblower
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, Calif.] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Samuel Goldwyn Films ; a Whistleblower Canada/Barry Films co-production ; produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada in association with Sunrise Pictures, LLC ; produced by Christina Piovesan and Celine Rattray ; written by Ellis Kirwan & Larysa Kondracki ; directed by Larysa Kondracki
Notes: Release date: Jan. 24, 2012
Originally released as a motion picture in 2011
Interview with Kathy Bolkovac, the real Whistleblower
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in postwar Bosnia, she discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost. With masterful acting and a heart-racing plot, an acclaimed film inspired by actual events. Bonus features included.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama WHISTLBLO
Performers: Rachel Weisz, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Anna Anissimova, Roxana Condurache, Vanessa Redgrave, and Monica Bellucci.
System Details: DVD, widescreen; Dolby digital 5.1
Other Language: English dialogue; Spanish subtitles
Subtitles for the hearing impaired (SDH)
Subject Headings: Bolkovac, Kathy Human trafficking Drama United Nations Armed Forces Bosnia and Hercegovina Drama Asociació delictuosa Teatro. bidex
Genre/Form: Fiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Topical Term: Human trafficking
Asociació delictuosa
Publisher No: 2278050 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Another thriller from real events: We meet cop Kathryn Bolkovac who accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in postwar Bosnia. While there she discovers a human trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop he... Read More »


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Oct 27, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you are looking for a feel good movie, this isn’t it. You will feel sick and disturbed after watching this excellent movie on sex trafficking. Rachel Weisz does an excellent job in this movie. Well worth the watch.

NOT A MOVIE FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!

Whistleblower is an extremely disturbing movie in that it based on reality. Girls (and guys too) and smuggled into various countries to pleasure pigs as seen in this movie, and so many turn a blind eye to it. This movie sickened me and messed me up in a good way.

This movie is rated R for good reason. Cuss words are used frequently, contains graphic pictures of sexual abuse, one sex scene in shadows, and the raping of a girl with a pipe. I may be forgetting somethings, but that's what I can remember.

Overall, this movie will make you uncomfortable, and I hope that you act on that and get in touch with an organization that helps free people from this type of slavery.

Apr 28, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This true story is so gut-wrenching and sad. Corrupt governments (or is that redundant?), including the US are the real villians here. All this is still going on today and probably always will. But kudos to Kathryn Bolkovac for her courage...she is rare indeed.

Apr 15, 2014
  • ITC rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is one of the saddest films I have watched - corruption to the core. Bravo to the people who truly wanted to help and bravo to the people who helped get the word out.

Feb 11, 2014
  • docjnsuss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Based on actual events The Whistleblower is an action packed story about a sex trafficking ring that was set up in Bosnia after the war. Set in 1999 the movie follows the efforts of UN peacekeeper Kathryn Bolkoac to shut down the ring. The events depicted are brutal and heartbreaking.

I watched this a while ago and was surprised to see a film done so perfectly both in content and form.
A dark true story performed beautifully and one of the must watch movies!

Nov 26, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film is not for the faint of heart. Boiled down, THE WHISTLEBLOWER is non-fiction. These terrible crimes happen everyday around the world (not just Bosnia-Herzegovina) and are funded and protected by those who are meant to fight against it. I repeat: Eastern Europe is not the only place where human trafficking happens, but this organized crime (and that is what it is) thrives there with its lax human rights laws. If you thought diplomatic immunity was a load of malarkey in films like LETHAL WEAPON 2, where the villains are practically cartoonish with the twizzling of their oversized mustaches, you will be enraged to the core to see the reality. The lack of repercussions or a true overseeing authority for these alleged peacekeepers, who are legally contracted international agents with diplomatic immunity, is an abomination and should be stopped. But how can it be? It just saddens me and infuriates me simultaneously to conceive that the very people who are installed in these countries with the alleged intention of protecting these poor souls are the very people who then subject them to harassment, abuse, torture, rape, and sometimes death. Why bother with the peacekeepers? The way things are going, they should just funnel the money into the trafficking brothels directly. Of course, I'm not really suggesting this, but what is being done there is corruption of the good, resulting in pure evil. Ultimately, this film is a must-see. I can't believe how well crafted it was and Rachel Weisz played Kathryn Bolkovac with sincerity. Brutally honest, truly tragic, and not for the queasy, I would highly recommend this film -- if you can handle it.

Aug 06, 2013
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very good

May 18, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Based on a true case and not a single person was prosecuted because of diplomatic immunity and the same corporation involved is now engaged in other UN programs? (See short interview of the real whistleblower and those who supported her in extras.) Anyway, raw brutal scenes made this viewer's stomach turned though knowing that it was just actors in a take.

Mar 14, 2013
  • karenw32 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I didn't have any problems with the disc, the one I had was in excellent condition. I found this movie quite disturbing and hard to watch. It would have helped if there were subtitles put in places where the actors were talking in a foreign language to get a better idea as to what was being said in parts of the movie. Well-acted, and yes....an important story inspired by actual events. A must see movie.

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Mar 14, 2013
  • karenw32 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 14, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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