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The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower
The Whistleblower
The Whistleblower
  • R
  • 1h 52m
  • 2011
Certified Fresh75%
Common Sense Media Iconage 18+
Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. Directed by first time filmmaker Larysa Kondracki, the film also stars Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn
© 2010 Whistleblower (Gen One) Canada Inc. and Barry Films GmbH. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh75%
Critics Consensus: Rachel Weisz puts on a compelling smoldering act though the film suffers from a literal-minded approach to the material.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Strong role model in otherwise disturbing, depressing movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this downbeat drama -- which is based on a true story about human trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999 -- features disturbing violence involving the teenage victims, who are tortured and brutalized (though most of this is suggested rather than actually shown). A rape sequence focuses on the victim's screams and terror rather than on graphic details of the act, but in another shot, a man shoots a girl point blank in the head (with sprays of blood). Nudity (mostly toplessness) is shown via Polaroid photos but never actually onscreen. The heroine has sex with one of her co-workers, whom (she finds out later) is married. Language includes many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and more. The heroine (Rachel Weisz) -- a police officer who wants to save the girls but winds up uncovering layer upon layer of corruption -- is a strong role model, and the material is well-researched and undoubtedly powerful, but this movie is far too intense and depressing for kids or younger teens.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:August 5, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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