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Kate Beckinsale is as lovely as ever, and does her best with the material, but moribund pacing and an uninspired plot leave Whiteout in the cold.



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A U.S. marshall tracking a vicious murderer through the Antarctic must locate the killer before the sun sets for six months, or risk being trapped in the dark with the madman for months on end in director Dominic Sena's adaptation of the graphic novel series by Greg Rucka. U.S. marshall Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) has been stationed at Antarctica's South Pole research base for two years, and now after turning in her resignation she's looking forward to finally going home. The last plane out leaves in just three days, and just after that Antarctica will not see the sun again for another 24 weeks. Then, just 72 hours before she is set to escape the coming darkness, a body is discovered in the ice -- prompting the first murder investigation ever to take place on the desolate Antarctic Circle continent. Little does Carrie realize that she's suddenly been thrust into a mystery over 60 years in the making, and that the killer is ready to strike again in order to protect a grim secret. Now, as the death toll starts to rise, loyalties shift, and a massive series of whiteouts blow bitter winds across the frozen landscape, the U.S. marshall who wanted nothing more than to escape the cold must work around the clock to catch a killer before the blinding white snow gives way to the deadly darkness of winter.


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  • Mar 19, 2016
    Just a poor thriller that they think if they change the location to Antarctica it will somehow be better, They were wrong, The very predictable plot plods along with nothing exciting or new, Kate Beckinsale does an ok job but even she can't save this film from being very thin and very poor and very forgettable.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2012
    The film just never comes together thanks to some rather poor writing and direction. In one opinion it could of worked but these high concept thrillers never click. The story is quite one dimensional and misses a lot of back story. I was genuinely invested on the story at the beginning but then the twists starting coming alive. The minute the body is discovered the whole film is doomed. It just becomes a very poor thriller without any clear conclusion. The cast is quite good but they can't survive a film like this. It is quite obvious that the studio green lite this from the pitch. Everyone is essentially after a pay day. A poor thriller and easily further proof you can't sit on a high concept thriller without any depth. I really wanted to be sucked into a slasher film in the antartic, who wouldn't be. The film just had poor choices made well before shooting began. Choosing Sena is the first as director
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2011
    considering where it was set there was no feeling of isolation and although interspersed amongst the story there were some nice shots of tundra it blatently fell flat all the way through
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2011
    In "Whiteout," a body has been found in Antarctica which does not sound that unusual on the surface, considering there are so many ways to die in such inhospitable climes. But as U.S. Marshall Carrie Stetko(Kate Beckinsale) and Dr. John Fury(Tom Skerritt) discover, this was no accident. They manage to trace the body back to Vostok Base, from where they are contacted by Mooney(Steve Lucescu), one of the researchers tasked with finding meteorites. What Carrie discovers when she gets there is Mooney's dead body, barely escaping with her own life. The clock is now ticking with two days left before the last plane back to civilization leaves and six months of winter. That's not to mention the quickly approaching storm. For the record, "Whiteout" is a prime example of mediocrity. It has a great setting for a thriller and the action sequences are competently handled. But the story is full of holes, and very contrived ones at that. Maybe I should be glad that it is not all leading up to an alien invasion but still disappointed that more thought was not given. And that's not to mention the movie tips its hand right out of the gates. Plus, Carrie is something of a walking cliche, with flashbacks to keep her up at night. At least she does not fall into the usual narrative trap.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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