A powerful drama that didn't get the audience it deserved during its fairly brief theatrical run, "The Whistleblower" stars Rachel Weisz as Katheryn, a police officer from small-town Nebraska who accepts a job as part of a UN-affiliated peacekeeping force that will work to restore order in Bosnia.
Once there, she sets to work, befriending Madeleine Rees (Vanessa Redgrave), head of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, and gets the attention of a fellow agent (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). However, before long she finds herself faced with a dark secret: there's a sex trafficking operation that involves members of the group she was hired by.
When she tries to bring the injustice to light, she finds herself running up against significant opposition or indifference from officials. While determined to proceed forward with her investigation, she finds the pressure against her increased as a result - the movie pulls together a tremendous amount of tension and successfully plays up the isolated nature of Kathryn's struggle. Kathryn's struggle is also based upon the true story of the real Kathryn Bolkovac, who the court sided with in her case against the company she worked for.
The movie offers a terrific set of performances, lead by a powerful performance from Rachel Weisz as Kathryn, and terrific supporting efforts from David Strathairn and Monica Bellucci. This drama based on the real-life case is well-acted and certainly worth viewing.
VIDEO: "The Whistleblower" is presented by by Fox in 2.35:1 (1080p/AVC) and the results are an accurate depiction of the film's intentionally gritty look. The presentation remained "film-like" and crisp throughout the majority of the running time, with only a few moments that appeared noticeably softer in comparison. No edge enhancement was seen, but a few minor traces of pixelation were spotted. As expected from the material, the film's color palette remains low-key and cold.
SOUND: The film's audio is subtle and straightforward, with most scenes remaining dialogue-driven. However, the exterior scenes do often have some nice touches of background ambience coming from the rear speakers. Audio quality is just fine, with clear, clean dialogue and crisp, well-recorded score.
EXTRAS: Not much: we get a featurette on the real Kathryn Bolkovac.
Final Thoughts: A tense, well-acted drama, "The Whistleblower" is certainly worth a look. The DVD provides very good audio/video quality, but unfortunately next-to-nothing in the way of extras.
The Film B+