Friday, May 14, 2010


Whiteout concerns the workers in Antarctica, especially U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale), who finds that a killer is among them. Her job, as she teams up with an FBI agent, is to find the killer, and why he killed, before 6 months of darkness descends upon them.

As a whodunit, this movie isn't quite there. You're barely introduced to the killer before the scene we're waiting for, although there are some surprises later. The real story, despite the rather longish backstory of Stetko's career and why she ended up in the frozen wasteland, is the frozen wasteland, and how a whiteout can destroy a perfectly good day.

There are several scenes during whiteout conditions where the killer inches his way along a tether line towards his next victim. Of course, we all know that if he, or our heroine, let's go, they're likely to stray off the path and meet their death. It's hard to imagine a less suspenseful way of setting up a scene.

It's interesting to see how one survives in such conditions, and how law enforcement would have to try to work in such circumstances. But the mystery itself is lacking.

I would pass. Thumb's down.


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