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Whiteout: From Page to Screen
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Whiteout is actually pretty darn entertaining if you take it for what it is and don't expect anything special. It deserves better than all the negative reviews it is receiving from the critics, but I have to admit that without the early gratuitous scene or the atmospheric location, I probably wouldn't give this thing more that two stars. You might get a couple of shivers from this one, but those looking for some true frostbite should stick with John Carpenter's The Thing.
For "White Out" is an intense thriller. Within the first 15 minutes I thought I had guessed who the "bad guy" was but the rest of the film set about disproving my hunch again and again. All the while entertaining me with eye popping scenes that were believable and again and again completely surprising.
A constant fight against the elements is an underlying and ever present theme of this film. In that respect it is supernatural. Those wide open spaces indifferent to our survival and able at times to reach out and snuff out life at a whim. How much more supernatural do viewers want this film to be?
Then there are the confrontational scenes between characters all of which I nearly held my breath while viewing and wondering who would win. How much more violence or gore do viewers want?
This is a nice and tight directed detective thriller. As such it is much better than the two most recent very disappointing detective thrillers made by those awesome actors Pacino and DeNiro. A believable story right from the start and not the story you think it is. Yet another big surprise guaranteed to entertain.
The scenery and sets are well put together and except for some scenes I watched and wondered what was blue screen and what was filmed on site somewhere. But that is an issue with all films today. As such, scenery and sets were 100% believeable.
The supporting actors, and there were many in this film, were all excellent and contributed to the whole story. They played their parts perfectly. The main actors, and there are several, were so good I finished that film with the thought I had just escaped the woes of this world for 2 hours and felt reinvigorated. In other words, such good acting by the main stars that one is drawn out of oneself completely and into the story on the screen.
I think this film like others in it's genre will improve over the years. We have several films set in far off icy cold places and they all have one thing in common. They are better liked years after they came out than when they previewed. "White Out" will most likely fall in that category for some viewers.
For others like me, we will recognize at once a cracker jack good story that keeps one on the edge of the seat, unless you've spent years wallowing in film gore that is, and is thoroughly entertaining throughout.
Bravo for Beckinsale or however one spells her name. She did a grand job. Simply grand.
A great film. Great acting all around. A great story that keeps you guessing.
Like I said, what do people want? Better that negative viewers take a long look at their film tastes and try to re-edit the more violent or trite movies from their own lists. When one watches truly awful films that soak up blood and guts or the dumbest things one can dream up or both, one really does lose the ability to see something perfectly entertaining.
"White Out" is perfecting entertaining. That is what popular film was about for decades. I am happy to see some still think entertaining is a good thing.
Remember, any woman (in real life) in posts like that are for show only. Because female sheriffs without their posse of men can not long endure. The same holds true in the military. Any woman in the military that's a sergeant major is a grandma and looks it. Can you imagine a military with only women? The day that happens we'll be invaded almost over night...and deserve it.
Woman police? Another joke. Think they can chase down a man by themselves, catch him, subdue him and then finally handcuff'em. Not gonna happen. The guy will more than likely be shot--because they know they cannot match a man in hand-to-hand combat. That's why there are so many people being shot by the police--thanks to the police women.
Please understand; whenever a woman is allowed to join a group that is for very good reasons "men only," the standards have to be changed--and they always go down--never up. The weakest link is now even weaker.
She, a mediocre actress, was miscast for this part; she has a pretty but common face that I see in the malls on a daily basis. To make up for the lack of acting, they use her body--for example the unnecessary scene with her showering. What was the point of that? Believe it or not, the movie actually begins with her going in and taking a shower. Why?
Who, in their right mind, cares?
Her voice is cold, bland and unmelodic. I wouldn't want to have to listen to that voice day-in and day-out. Where have all the good actresses gone? All the good ones are either retired or resting in peace.
Tom Skerrit was good; in fact, they should have reversed their roles. He should have played the aging sherrif thinking about retiring and she would have been more believable as the doctor.
But, hey, I'm just your average Joe with a little common sense.