Rachel Weisz stars in the real life story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a small-town cop who joins a contractor in order to make some money, becoming part of the private peace keeping delegations in post-war Bosnia. While there, and after secondment to the UN, she uncovers a dark secret about corruption from both the citizenry and the institutions meant to help clean up after the atrocities of the war.

In its early moments the film creaks along, and I had little faith it would be anything more than another “issue” film, one of those turgid works that serves with a lot of weepy gazing off into a distance, using emotions as a cudgel. Instead, the film matures into quite a ride, with genuine suspense and an extremely strong performance by Weisz.

In less steady hands the whole thing could have remained either flaky or exploitational of the original tale, but Kondracki’s sure direction propels the narrative forward with great resiliency. This is a dark, sophisticated tale, full of intrigue and duplicity, complex yet not complicated. It was a surprising little film, one that surpassed my (admittedly) muted expectations.