Whistleblower, The

Featured In Issue 164, February 2012

WSR Score4.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Disturbing violent content including a brutal sexual assult, graphic nudity and language
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In The Whistleblower, Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz) accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in postwar Bosnia. There she uncovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. After learning that fellow peacekeepers and military contractors are involved in the ghastly practice and its cover-up, Bolkovac risks her own life to save the lives of others and expose the corruption. The film was inspired by actual events. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette Kathy Bolkovac: The Real Whistleblower (HD 05:31) and up-front previews.

The 1080p AVC picture is shot with a realistic, slightly gritty texture, which exhibits slight 35 mm film grain. The appearance is very filmic. The color palette is naturally hued with realistic tones and primaries. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Contrast is well balanced, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is generally excellent, with revealing detail exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture, but at times the picture is a bit softly focused. The overall effect is to present a picture experience that appears realistic and nicely supportive of the "true events" nature of the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers a suspenseful realistic sonic experience supported with well-produced sound elements. The primary focus is frontal, but the surround appropriately kicks in with an aggressive presence during the more intense scenes. Atmospherics and sound effects are directionalized across the soundstage and at times in the surrounds. The .1 LFE channel is engaged in support of the more dynamic sequences. The music score is nicely recorded with an engaging holosonic® presence. Dialogue is naturally voiced, though, ADR often restricts convincing spatial integration. Overall, this is a solid sonic presentation that nicely supports the storytelling. (Gary Reber)