MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 87 this week

The Whistleblower (2010)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 19,790 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 72 user | 123 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 07 May 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 18 Feb 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 10 Jul 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Whistleblower (2010)

The Whistleblower (2010) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Whistleblower.

User Polls

6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wreckers (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A married couple move back to his childhood village to start a family but a surprise visit from the husband's brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple's ... See full summary »

Director: Dictynna Hood
Stars: Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shaun Evans
Third Star (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

James and his three closest lifelong friends go on an ill-advised trip to the stunning coastal area of Barafundle Bay in West Wales. What follows is a touching and comical adventure dealing with friendship, heroism and love.

Director: Hattie Dalton
Stars: Tom Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A fairytale thriller film set one night in a 130's London theatre where all is not what it seems.

Director: Susan Luciani
Stars: Anna Andresen, Esmé Bianco, Stephen Campbell Moore
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The once-happy marriage between brooding painter Frederic and his movie-star wife Angele hits the rocks when another couple joins them on a Roman holiday.

Director: Philippe Garrel
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Louis Garrel, Céline Sallette
Creation I (2009)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to find a balance between his revolutionary theories on evolution and the relationship with religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work.

Director: Jon Amiel
Stars: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Kelly
Rhino Season (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Kurdish-Iranian poet Sahel has just been released from a thirty-year prison sentence in Iran. Now the one thing keeping him going is the thought of finding his wife, who thinks him dead for over twenty years.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Monica Bellucci, Yilmaz Erdogan
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A psychodrama about a photographer whose pictures tell a different story to that of her perception.

Director: Marina de Van
Stars: Sophie Marceau, Monica Bellucci, Andrea Di Stefano
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Renowned British journalist examines Italy's moral, political and economic crisis, looking for clues to its possible salvation--and that of the West as a whole.

Director: Annalisa Piras
Stars: Bill Emmott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Giuliano Amato
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A man is broken hearted at the loss of his lover, then later visits the same pain on the next woman with whom he becomes involved.

Director: Maria Sole Tognazzi
Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Monica Bellucci, Kseniya Rappoport
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Roberto is a young and ambitious lawyer who is going to marry Sara. His whole life is perfectly planned out. During a expropriation which he is in charge of, he meets Micol, a gorgeous and ... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Veronesi
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Robert De Niro, Riccardo Scamarcio
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Andrew Hutton
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Parker, Aidan McArdle
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Zef's dear wife dies in an accident just as Roni, his wealthy brother, marries his daughter. When the widower arrives with the coffin containing his wife's body right in the middle of the ... See full summary »

Director: Danièle Thompson
Stars: Eric Elmosnino, Lou de Laâge, Kad Merad
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Paula Schramm ...
Alexandru Potocean ...
...
...
...
Halyna
...
...
Fred Murray
Coca Bloos ...
Milena
...
Jim Higgins
Edit

Storyline

Inspired by true events, Kathy (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. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content including a brutal sexual assault, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

27 October 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La verdad oculta  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$61,002 (USA) (5 August 2011)

Gross:

$1,120,914 (USA) (21 October 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It took director Larysa Kondracki eight years to get the film made. The signing on of Rachel Weisz in the lead was instrumental in moving the project forward. See more »

Goofs

When Kathryn is asked to return her ID at the HQ, her right-side shirt collar is unfolded. When she is escorted, the collar is folded again, and in the next shot it is the left-side collar that is unfolded. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Raya: [in Ukrainian] I have to get home. Mama's gonna kill me.
Luba: No. You are staying with me tonight. Roman wants us there at nine in the morning. Raya, we've been over this. It's just a few months working in a hotel.
Raya: Yes, but...
Luba: You want to work at a Copyshack like your mother? He said it was both of us or nothing!
Raya: ...No.
[walks away]
See more »

Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Man on a Ledge (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Bonha (War)
Written by Anatoly Krupnov
Performed by Black Obelisk
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Riveting performance by Weisz
12 September 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The Whistleblower (2010) is a movie based on the sad but true story of human trafficking by the employees of a firm contracted by the UN to provide security in Bosnia after the Dayton peace accord that put an end to the bloody conflict in the Balkans. Rachel Weisz plays Kathryn Bolkovac, a cop from Nebraska, who arrives in Bosnia to work for this firm and is seconded to the gender-affairs department. Weisz sees the stint as a much needed change of scene leaving behind a broken marriage, plus as an opportunity to improve her financial position given the compensation that comes with such a hardship-posting.

The times are tough and the residues of communal hatred still linger - one situation shows the apathy of the local policemen towards a victim of domestic-abuse given that she is from the "other side". Weisz stumbles upon a racket of human trafficking that lures young girls into slavery who are abused by ruthless sadists -- all with the active connivance and involvement of some employees of the firm. Wiesz lone voice is silenced by the firm -- despite the support she receives from a plucky UN officer for gender-affairs, played by Vanessa Redgrave.

Eventually, Rachel takes the sordid story, of protectors who have turned predators, to the media in the UK, where the firm is registered.

Fighting workplace conspiracy that is fueled by apathy and greed can be lonesome and Wiesz portrayal of a gritty professional is engrossing. One is reminded of the roles of Julia Roberts in Erin Brokovich (2000) and Laura Dern in Damaged Care (TV 2002), standing up for what is right despite being stymied by the perpetrators whose acts have the undertones of gender-bias, and suffering the indignation while staying the course with deep conviction.

The movie is spartan in production-value, driving home the truth that a good script and great performances are more than enough to tell a story.

The story makes one wonder of the risks that arise out of the involvement of private enterprises in security and policing, notwithstanding the mandates under which they operate.


22 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The torture scene PhilipSeymourHoffman
Why did human trafficking increase after the war ended? henrik-34-286171
Why are the Bosnian policemen speaking Romanian? simona-varga
Job combating human trafficking... roadRUNNERga5
Monica Bellucci's character xfilesashram
release date h_anka
Discuss The Whistleblower (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?