The Whistleblower Reviews
I continue to be amazed at the cruelty of humans. I'm glad this time it didn't stay hidden in the darkness.
What courage it must have taken to out them!
The film itself was horrifying and gripping and I found myself glued to the screen. The actors were excellent and the story was well told, although I did wonder what the heck Benedict Cumberbatch's character was doing in it. He seemed to have no place in the script. Otherwise, this films shakes you to your core, and exposed a travesty in the UN's "protection" of Bosnia
1) Extra half-star here for the subject matter being an ongoing and seldom-covered atrocity (as opposed to yet another Holocaust film or somesuch).
2) I dreaded seeing this myself to be honest, but it turned out to be well, well worth it. Like so many of Weisz's projects. (How surprised I would be if SHE turned out to be a shit person.)
3) This is the sort of "strong female character" I'll wholeheartedly celebrate. Not the poser bullshit so fashionable these days. Just as douchebags come in both sexes and are most-equally gross, so do genuinely awesome motherfuckers like Bolkovac and Weiz.
What disturbs me the most was reading some of the critics people left, when people reviewing these types of films have trouble understanding or refuse to open their minds and realise that this level of violence is even worse in the real world, and on a globalscale, sadly. That these unfortunate events are not simply colluded and stitched together to add "drama". Perhaps it's to help these people sleep better at night, thus they rather keep their eyes closed. I don't blame them. But no, the world is messed up, more than people think, and it cannot start to change for the better if people refuse to acknowledge the full scale of violence. It is easy to critic from the comfort of one's sofa, in the safety of one's home. It is easy to critic it as a simple movie. "[Bolokovac] is not an interesting character to say the least" said one critic. Really? Why. Because she had a mundane life, problems like hundred of thousands of middle class people experience? Because she one day started uncovering a sex trafficking ring. and instead of going back to her less than interesting mundane life, she decided to expose it? Because trying to fight a well entrenched acceptance of it at the highest of levels makes her finally slightly interesting as a character, as a human being (because let's not forget, she is an actual real person, in the real world, who exposed this hideous crime)? I am happy to know that at least she finally managed to interest you, dear critic X, and too many others with your opinion, as I am sure it was her aim.
And yes, you could say that it is irony that I am writing down my opinion regarding these comfy-couch-critics from the comfort of my own sofa. This is the first time I write a comment. But these couch-critics caught my eye, and yes, angered me. I won't be reading critics again. But the difference between you and I, is that I am going to wake up tomorrow, and go physically work with with individuals affected by trafficking, some of whom had experienced levels of violence not even depicted in this movie. The difference between us, I know what I am talking about.