New The Whistleblower trailer - how much is true?
I've talked about the portrayal and distortion of truth in films before and it's usually not a very fine line, however lately films are starting to make smaller adjustments in the truth that can have a huge impact on reality and perception of an individual, a group, or history itself, and it's worrying because you never really know where that's happening.
That is exactly the case with the Whistleblower trailer, and perhaps the film, which seems to suggest that politicians and UN officials are tied up with sex trafficking out of Bosnia and across the world. Is it really the case? Well the trailer says so, and it's "inspired by actual events".
The trailer for The Whistleblower carries with it a blurb that sets the scene:
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.
Great cast apparently and The Playlist who carry the trailer say that the film is rather disappointing and seems to play out just as expected and as we've seen before.
However the film is saying that it's "inspired" by actual events, suggesting these things actually happened, so how much should we be taking as actual fact? It's certainly treading a dangerous line suggesting senior politicians and, from the looks of the trailer, the UN were involved in sex trafficking.
I can probably guess how far the "inspired" goes, knowing a few films that have carried the flag of "inspired by" would suggest that there's not a lot that makes it from reality, but doesn't the fact that the story has been changed from reality not only bring about potential harmful associations with real organisations and people but also demean the power of the central story somewhat?