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Driving against the traffic

You can’t watch this film in the morning because it will buzz in your head through the day

movie reviews Updated: Jun 16, 2012 00:41 IST


The Whistleblower
Excel/Pictureworks, Rs 399
Rating: ****

You can’t watch this film in the morning because it will buzz in your head through the day. And you can’t watch in the night because it won’t let you sleep. But the conundrum is that you need to watch this disturbing thriller based on real incidents.

Lured by money, Kathryn Bolkovac, a police officer from the US Midwest, joined the UN peacekeeping force in Bosnia in 1999. But the multi-million-dollar job of keeping up the United States’ presence in the messy Balkans had been handed down to a private firm, DynCorp. When Kathryn landed up she faced a curious pass-the-blame game played between the Serbs, Croats and Bosnians, as well as between the international force, the local police, and the UN apparatus. It took Kathryn a few days to realise that trafficking of girls had become a lucrative business there; and a few weeks to unearth that some of her colleagues were involved not only as patrons but as dealers in the business, too. There was hardly anyone she could trust. But she had given her word to two girls that she would save them. Would she be able to?

Rachel Weisz, possessor of the most remarkable and expressive eyebrows in Hollywood today, plays Kathryn with grit, without hiding her emotions. DynCorp becomes Democra. The large ensemble cast, which any ‘UN film’ is prone to be laden with, narrows to a dozen-odd actors including divas such as Vanessa Redgrave and Monica Bellucci. The best thing is that such heavy screen presences are not allowed to outweigh the story.