5 Film Whistleblowers Who Almost Died For Telling The Truth
Secrets can be tough to keep. The urge to talk about some juicy piece of news can be overwhelming. But the big secrets, the big time cover-ups, those are pretty much impossible to keep under wraps. Be it a government conspiracy, a murder, or even some kind of infidelity, these secrets need to come out. It takes a committed, brave, and fearless individual to reveal these secrets. The consequences for telling the truth can be enormous. The act of whistleblowing may be seen as backsliding by some, but when done for the greater good it creates the kind of conflict that the movie industry thrives on, and these five whistleblowers nearly paid, or in some cases did pay, the ultimate price for their actions.
"All The Presidents Men."
Probably the most infamous case of whistleblowing ever committed, Woodward and Bernstein's names have become synonymous with journalism. With the help of the mysterious "Deep Throat," the duo uncovered a massive conspiracy that later become known as "Watergate."
Meryl Streep's performance as the titular star Karen Silkwood in this 1983 drama directed by Mike Nichols is often overlooked by even her most fervent of fans. Silkwood is exposed to radiation at a power plant, and as she investigates the alleged wrong doing at the plant she is killed in a suspicious car accident. Her zeal for exposing the truth cost her dearly.
"The Constant Gardner."
Rachel Weisz's character attempts to uncover a plot by a huge pharmaceutical company to conduct horrible and dangerous tests on young children in Kenya in Fernando Meirelles' drama. For her troubles, she is murdered and the film follows Ralph Fiennes as he attempts to find the culprits to this horrible deed. Two conspiracies in one film...of course someone had to die!
Matt Damon's uber-liar doesn't necessarily come close to death in Steven Soderbergh's drama-comedy, but he is such an idiot that he could feasibly kill himself in the shower. Damon goes undercover protecting himself only with a dodgy moustache and a brief case to expose a price-fixing scheme within a huge corporation, but becomes more concerned with hi-tech gadgets than catching the villains.
Rachel Weisz love's blowing whistles more than most referees, doesn't she? Another Weisz flick where she attempts to reveal a Bosnian human trafficking scandal is 2010's "The Whistleblower." She constantly puts her job and life on the line in this criminally underrated thriller.