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Whiteout
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02.15.2010 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Dominic Sena

Actors:
Kate Beckinsale
Gabriel Macht
Tom Skerritt

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A federal marshal stationed in Antarctica is faced with solving the continentís first murder before a debilitating storm shuts down the research station for the winter.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I remember Kate Beckinsale and Joel Silver pimping the already finished WHITEOUT at San Diego Comic-ConÖin 2007. It then took over two years for the movie to be released in theaters, without much fanfare or promotion. Well, that canít be a good thing.

Itís a shame too, because the premise and setup of WHITEOUT are both fairly intriguing and groundwork for a potentially great thriller. Itís got dangerous elements (blinding snowstorms and frostbiting temperatures), a unique and claustrophobic setting (Antarctica), and Kate Beckinsale (hot). Unfortunately for what is essentially a slasher whodunit film in a ďcoolĒ setting, WHITEOUT sure is boring.

They definitely try hard to please the fanboys. The first time we see Kate Beckinsale, she walks in to a room, takes off her clothes and takes an extended shower for no reason. And itís mostly downhill from there. The main culprit is the script, which takes all the cool setup from Greg Ruckaís award-winning graphic novel and waters it down in to a standard thriller and poorly put-together ďmystery.Ē When the stock characters arenít playing Matlock or MacGuyver, theyíre doing dumb things for no other reason than to further along the surprisingly simple plot. (The constant flashbacks Becksinsale has are hilariously bad examples of lazy storytelling.) Thereís a cool action sequence in the whiteout blizzard, but itís so poorly staged and directed that it loses any impact it mightíve had. And everything comes together for a spectacularly boring and predictable non-ending.

Weíll chalk this one up to a missed opportunity.
THE EXTRAS
The Coldest Thriller Ever (12:02): A behind the scenes doc focusing on just how cold it was to film on location in Lake Manitoba in Canada, which in some cases is even colder than the South Pole. The actors also tell stories about staying warm and bonding with each other through their suffering.

From Page to Screen (12:05): Original graphic novel writer Greg Rucka and artist Steve Lieber discuss where the idea for the story came from, how the comic came to life and what it was like watching it being realized as a film.

Deleted Scenes (4:14): Two disposable scenes with more set up of Kateís character.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Like many a movie, WHITEOUT takes an interesting concept from itís graphic novel source and turns it in to a watered down, everyday thriller that will leave you cold. [rimshot]

Extra Tidbit: At one point, Reese Witherspoon was attached to star.
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