Friday, August 30, 2013

The truth will set you free?

"We are peacekeepers who came to protect the innocent, but now prey upon them in the worst ways possible. We may be accused of thinking with our hearts instead of our heads, but we will have our humanity."

Corruption in a system is like cancer, once it spreads there is no way you can curb it. No matter how prestigious the organization or how noble its deed, once bitten by the corruption bug there is not much hope left. The Whistleblower (2001) is based on the true story of a woman named Kathryn Bolkovac, a police officer and a divorced mother who accepts an offer to work as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia through the United Nations. Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) looks at this change as an opportunity to earn the much needed money and get away from the problems in her personal life but turns out that she just lands into a shocking world of inhumanity.

"So what? What are you going to do? Fire me again? You gonna arrest me?
I have diplomatic immunity. Isn't that what you all rely on around here?"
Bolkovac is sent to Bosnia to monitor the local police and help them follow procedures while handling cases. She discovers that the police don't really bother while dealing with the cases involving minorities which makes her fight for a victim, successfully. Her determination for justice earns her a better position as the head of department for gender affairs. With her new position she uncovers a dangerous racket involving human trafficking and corruption in the organization which seems to have been going on for a long time. The fact that it's based on a true story makes the events that unfold more intriguing. Bolkovac, hated by her corrupt subordinates finds it difficult to expose them as no one wants this to come out in the open. She has some support from a local cop but that isn't enough to fight against the top officials involved. However, that doesn't deter her from fighting against such injustice and corruption. Her only ambition is to rescue two girls who are forced into this and bring the culprits out in the open fighting against odds such as lack of support and the fear among those girls to testify against the guilty. This movie brings out the grueling reality of how despite  investing billions of dollars to rehabilitate and help broken nations, the people involved just add to the troubles. It is one woman's fight against the system which has faulted.

"During your training you will see that peace is harder won than war.
That every mornings hope is haunted by yesterday's nightmare."
Weisz has given a terrific performance as a divorced mother, committed to her job and her relentless quest for justice. To be very honest, this movie doesn't dig deep into the matter but it shows enough to expose the ugly deeds of the so-called peace keepers. It is on your face and a testimony of Bolkovac's struggle to fight against the organization she opted to work for. I wouldn't term this one as spectacular but it sure is a thought provoking script with a good outcome. Once again, the fact that it is based on true events gives it an edge and also arouses curiosity to know more about the ugly faces of the big "noble" organizations. The Whisteblower certainly blew a whistle here, one which you can't ignore. It's the voice of one truth against the many lies.


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