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'The Whistleblower'
(Rachel Weisz, David Strathairn, et al / DVD / R / (2011) 2012 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Rachel Weisz delivers a terrifically tough performance in this (unfortunately) fact-based drama about one woman's crusade against human trafficking in postwar Bosnia.

DVD Verdict: 'The Whistleblower' is an incredible, brilliant film that gets into your head within minutes of its opening scenes. You follow along its grey tonal lines, feeling the plot building, knowing where it is headed sooner rather than later - and nothing can make your eyes avert from the gripping, based-on-a-true-story secenes.

Rachel Weisz stars as Karen Bolkovic, a Nebraska police officer with money problems. So she becomes part of a UN sponsored international police force stationed in Bosnia. It is there that she discovers the sad fact of white slavery and human trafficking in girls for prostitution.

Furthermore she learns that the UN powers-that-be are well-aware of it and some of her fellow policemen are actually involved and profiting from it themselves. The girls trapped in this horrible life are raped constantly and the film does not shy away from some difficult scenes.

The suspense in the film builds gradually until she is fired from her job and must obtain and smuggle out files indicating her superiors' knowledge of what has been going on. The film comes to an abrupt but positive conclusion.

Weicz is great as usual (and looks good no matter what role she is playing.) Vanessa Redgrave plays a UN official sympathetic to Rachel's plight. At one point in the film, she states the UN was created to prevent another Auschwitz. Wow, talk about nailing it on the head!

David Straihern plays one of the few fellow cops Rachel can trust and Monica Bellucci looks great in her couple scenes as another UN official. The editing seemed a bit confusing at times. The only special feature is a short segment on the real Karen Bolkovic who, needless to say, looks nothing like Rachel Weicz, LOL!

Oh, and don't be fooled by the front jacket cover of the DVD! At no time does Rachel's character a) hold a gun, b) sport a red scarf or c) where that coat! Just sayin'! Just sayin'! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.