As is true of many selections, I had no idea what to expect from this movie except that while standing in front of the red box machine, I checked out its rating on Rotten Tomatoes and when it checked out at over 70%, I gave it a go. Rave reviews of Rachel Weisz’s performance were about the only thing clouding my mind as I pressed play.
The movie begins in Eastern Europe, then to Nebraska, then back to Eastern Europe when Kathryn (Weisz) gets a job for a peacekeeping contractor for the UN. Kathryn’s life is confused and cluttered at best, so when a transfer to be nearer to her children doesn’t go through for her cop job, she decides to take a mysterious job that pays 100k a year in Bosnia. Through her “call to duty” she discovers a prostitution/human trafficking scandal within the private corporation Democra, and strives to bring the men associated with it to justice.
The film has many women’s rights undertones and the obvious topics of human rights/imperialism sort of weasel their way in as well.
BROAD vs. NICHE- though this movie is marketed as a suspenseful thriller, it’s a bit more of an expose, highlighting writer/directer Larysa Kondracki’s purpose as more informational/educational than some kind of art film or something.
WATCHABILITY- There are only a few slow spots, and they’re really not noticeable. Overall, there’s almost too much happening in Kathy’s life to really digest one thing before the next event happens onscreen.
STATUS REPORT- I enjoyed this movie late-night with an old friend. We paused it halfway through to make cider. Watch this with someone you aren’t worried about impressing and have watched movies with before. Don’t be afraid to ask each other questions and turn the subtitles on so you catch some of the accents.