By Jack Rico
Rated: R for violence, grisly images, brief strong language and some nudity.
Release Date: 2009-09-11
Starring: Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber
Official Website: www.whiteoutmovie.com
Before writing this criticism, I read some reviews from some major outlets spewing diatribes about this film. I just want to say their statements are greatly exaggerated. They just don’t get graphic novels. That is what ‘Whiteout’ is based on via the creative pens of Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber, This is a stomach churning action-thriller that journeys into the depths of ice hell in the Antarctica. Expect a balanced dose of action and drama, but it’s the slow, escalating tension that ultimately maintains you glued to your seat.
Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale), the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, is investigating the continent’s first murder, which draws her into a shocking mystery. Now, with only three days until a calamitous winter, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer.
The movie has its deficiencies such as the dialogue (“Doc, this wasn’t an accident!”) and its shoddy denouement that will leave audiences cursing, but it needs to be applauded for creating a tense filled atmosphere through slow paced and eery scenes. I appreciated the twists and turns, which I felt, were unpredictable, yet plausible. Overall that is what going to the movies is all about, experiencing something far from the realities of life.