The Phoenix Network:
About  |  Advertise
Features  |  Reviews

Review: The Whistleblower

Good and evil
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 30, 2011
3.0 3.0 Stars

Larysa Kondracki's topical thriller, based on a true story, combines the moodiness of The Insider with the intensity of Serpico to dramatize a long-standing international injustice. In Ukraine, Raya, a teen rebelling against her mother, agrees to sign on with a dicey contractor for high-paying work in the West. Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), a divorced police officer seeking custody of her daughter, opts to work for a private security contractor in the Balkans for a big paycheck. Both end up in Bosnia, where Bolkovac learns that in addition to being macho pigs, her fellow officers are involved in trafficking helpless girls like Raya under the auspices of a UN humanitarian operation. Suddenly, it's no longer about Bolkovac's own problems, or the money, but about good and evil. Weisz conveys with conviction and subtlety Bolkovac's growing awareness, increased isolation, and stoic resolve as she counters systemic wickedness with common decency.

Related: Review: The Names of Love, Review: Griff the Invisible, Review: Our Idiot Brother, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Boston, UN, Nebraska,  More more >
| More

 Friends' Activity   Popular   Most Viewed 
[ 03/22 ]   16th Annual Taste of the South Shore  @ Lombardo's
[ 03/22 ]   Artisan Cheeses of the World  @ 808 Gallery
[ 03/22 ]   The Cat Empire  @ Royale
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: DELICACY  |  March 20, 2012
    For the first 20 minutes of David and Stéphane Foenkinos's screwball comedy, Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) and her beau enjoy a relationship as bland and bubbly as Tautou herself.
  •   REVIEW: FREE MEN  |  March 20, 2012
    In a little known footnote to the Holocaust, the head of the Paris mosque, Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, helped many Jews escape the Nazis.
  •   REVIEW: THE KARSKI REPORT  |  March 21, 2012
    After nine and a half hours of Shoah , what remains to be said? Everything and nothing, but some testimonials in Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust account begged for elaboration, among them a segment in which Polish underground hero Jan Karski described his debriefings in 1943 with President Roosevelt and others.
  •   REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES  |  March 21, 2012
    More powerful than fear in subduing a society, says President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in this overstuffed adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins's trilogy, is hope.
  •   REVIEW: BEING JEWISH IN FRANCE  |  March 14, 2012
    "A love affair gone sour," is how one of the writers quoted in director Yves Jeuland's documentary describes the Vichy collusion with the Nazis, which ended with thousands of French Jews rounded up by Gendarmes and shipped to death camps.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH

RSS Feed of for the most popular articles
 Most Viewed   Most Emailed