Based on the graphic novel series by Greg Rucka, director Dominic Sena presents Whiteout, starring  Kate Beckinsale (who’s naked 5 minutes deep!) and Gabriel Macht. 

Let’s check out the good, the bad, and the plot below…

The Players:

The Plot:

U.S. Marsahll Carrie Stetko (Beckinsale) has been stationed at the Antarctica South Pole research base for the past two years, and three days before her resignation and the departure of the last plane off the base for six months – an unidentified body appears on the ice and she has 72 hours to locate the killer. 

The Good:

  • Kate Beckinsale: Surprise! A female other than Angelina Jolie is starring in a semi-bad ass leading role – and it was ACTUALLY believable. Why? Because not only does SHE take a few punches, but she fights back without implementing miraculous explosions of martial arts or supernatural powers.
  • Concept: The idea of being trapped on the desolate continent with the responsibility of conducting the first murder investigation in Antarctica (knowing the killer is still prowling around in some igloo) definitely had me interested. The stakes are high: it’s below freezing, the clock is ticking, and the death toll is rising as information continues to surface. Sure, the story itself is just as archetypal as every thriller film – but, surprisingly, the backdrop of Antarctica allows for some fresh twists and turns.
  • Ending: Despite the trite interjections of crap woven between the stimulating elements of the story – there is a solid payoff with a totally unexpected twist. 

The Bad:

  • Dialogue: About every twenty minutes there was a segment of dialogue that was so painfully cliché, the ENTIRE theatre was in belly-aching hysterics. This, inevitably, minimized the plausibility of whatever “key” piece of the story-line was being presented.
  • Flashbacks: Throughout the course of the story, Sena cuts to flashbacks that feature Stetko’s dark past as a Marshall in the States and the are completely unnecessary. The flashbacks were excessive, and hindered what could have been another dimension of suspense, strengthening the final pay-off. 


Not bad. Would I see it again? No. Would I recommend it to everyone I know? No. But I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of the screening.

Rating: 5.5/10

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