Antarctica ... The most isolated landmass on Earth. Six million square miles of ice. Six months of darkness. Winds at 100 miles per hour ... Nature never intended you to survive here. For U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale Snow Angels, The Aviator), things are about to get even more dangerous. The only law enforcement in this unforgiving territory, she has just been sent to investigate a body on the ice. Antarctica's first homicide. A shocking discovery in itself, it will plunge her into an even more bizarre mystery and the revelation of secrets long-buried under the endless ice ... secrets that someone believes are still worth killing for. As Stetko races to find the killer before he finds her, winter is already closing in. In the deadly Antarctic whiteout, she won't see him till he's a breath away. Also starring Gabriel Macht (The Spirit) and based on the graphic novel by Greg Rucka.]]>
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The plot revolves around a research station in the Antarctic that is prepping for a hibernation period where a skeleton crew keep things runnning through the Antarctic winter. A body is discovered on the ice and it is down to a U.S. Marshall (played competently by the always watchable Kate Beckinsale) to piece together the mystery of precisely what happened. The mystery is tied to a missing Cold War era Soviet Union plane that crashed into the ice decades earlier, which is shown as the movie opens, and the mysterious cargo on board.
Many complained that the movie makers covered the lithe, beautiful Beckinsale in many layers, but this criticism was hardly a valid one. The star strips down to her underwear within moments of her appearance on the screen but the scene is not gratuitous and is not graphic. For the rest of the movie necessity has her all bundled up but this is in keeping with the nature of the frigid weather which is a character unto itself in the movie. One quickly understands why the movie is set in the Antarctic for the movie uses the inhospitable climate as a mechanism with which to ratchet up the suspense and claustrophic feeling of the production.
Overall a satisfying thriller that surprised me in how much I liked it. I had expected to be bored by it but found myself entertained.
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.
But the really most beautiful thing in this film is Kate Beckinsale. I found her absolutely gorgeous in "Pearl Harbor." My opinion didn't change in the "Underworld" films or the disappointing "Van Helsing." I think she is one of the prettiest actresses in films and can even make a burnt-out U.S. Federal Marshal at the South Pole look good. (The writers obviously knew what their main asset was since they almost immediately have her strip down to take a shower. No nudity however.) The supporting cast is good with Tom Skeritt a standout. Alex O' Laughlin also appears and uses what is probably his normal Austrailian accent. Watching him in this film makes me realize why I have a hard time accepting him as McGarrett on the new "Hawaii Five-O."
The picture and sound quality on the blu-ray are great. There is a nice documentary on the making of the film (where Beckinsale looks more beautiful than ever.) There is also a interesting featurette comparing the graphic novel with the completed film. There are also a couple of fairly long deleted scenes.
As stated, this is a well-made film that kind of came and went in the theaters. It is not bad and not great, but a fairly enjoyable way to spend an hour and forty minutes. And, in case I haven't mentioned it, that Kate is soooo beautiful!
The discovery of a body on the ice triggers an investigation that leads in short order to an old Soviet scientific station, another dead body, a killer, and the Soviet cargo plane, minus its mysterious cargo. Stetko is assisted in her investigation by the doctor, an aircraft pilot (Columbus Short) and a UN Security Officer (Gabriel Macht). The group, almost inevitably, becomes trapped in an evacuated station with the killer or killers.
Stetko, traumatized by betrayal in a previous assignment told in flashback, finds she can't trust anyone in her present. The action sequences inside and outside the station work well, moving the audience quickly past some plot holes and cold weather implausibilities to a twisty ending. "Whiteout" isn't going to win any awards, but manages to be moderately entertaining. Canada does stand in for the Antarctic with some stunning exteriors.
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Like this movie a ton. Even though poor Kate is so pale for the role.
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The people who handled the publicity for this movie, made most think it was a horror movie which was why it didn't last in theaters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by alex skars fan
Writing was a bit lacking and plot development seemed to struggle. Flashbacks were jarring and unnecessary. Read morePublished 2 months ago by t wolf
This movie is really good! The plot, acting and character development are all excellent. There's a lot of suspense. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MH
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