WHITEOUT

Lackluster Thriller

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Release Date: September 11, 2009

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Tom Skerritt,
Columbus Short, Gabriel Macht,
Shawn Doyle, Joel S. Keller,
and Jesse Todd

Genre: Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 101 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director: Dominic Sena

Executive Producer: Don Carmody, Steve Richards
and Greg Rucka

Producer: Susan Downey, David Gambino
and Joel Silver

Writer: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Chad
Hayes, and Carey Hayes

Address Comments To:

Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Alan Horn, President/COO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (New Line Cinema)
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(H, B, P, LL, VVV, NN, A, MM) Light humanist worldview with no mention of God, even in life and death situations, though police official tries to stop a murderer, so there are some moral elements, and there’s a lightly positive, pro-American view of American police official and forces; six strong obscenities and eight profanities; some very strong violence with much blood includes gruesome plane crash with bodies flying in air, multiple grisly corpses shown and forensic cutting of corpses, plus less strong violence such as frozen skin peeled off, men shot with machine guns, fingers amputated but not shown, and multiple characters stabbed with ice hatchet; no sexual content; group of men briefly run through shot completely nude and shown obscurely from the front, woman takes shower but glass door is foggy, woman undresses and shown in underwear; drinking of alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, man commits suicide by going out in sub-zero weather, stealing, lying, betrayal.

Summary:

WHITEOUT is the story of Carrie, a U.S. Marshall stationed at a facility on the South Pole who discovers a murder victim, which leads her on a grisly investigation before the six-month winter arrives. WHITEOUT is a poorly made thriller with a lackluster story along with some brief nudity, foul language and bloody violence.

Review:

WHITEOUT is the story of Carrie, a U.S. Marshall stationed at a science facility on the South Pole. Still recovering from a past assignment where her partner betrayed her, Carrie struggles with trusting others. Her assignment is about over as the six-month winter is about to arrive. After a year of very minor instances to investigate, here at the last minute, hours before she is to leave, a man is found murdered.

With the help of Robert, a U.N. advisor, Carrie must try to get to the bottom of the murder before time to leave for the winter. As Carrie and Robert investigate, a conspiracy is discovered that involves a Russian plane that crashed during the Cold War holding cargo that an unknown murderer is trying to discover.

Carrie must come to terms with her lack of trust and prove she still has what it takes to solve the mystery. As winter advances, the last plane off the South Pole leaves, and Carrie and a few others must battle a hatchet-wielding assassin.

WHITEOUT is a poorly made movie. The script is at best lackluster and at worst confusing. There are a number of plot holes such as why Carrie had to travel to the old Russian base at all and how Carrie could piece together clues which were not explained. In the end, the audience is still left to wonder what exactly happened and how the mastermind to the crime really did what he did.

The dialogue in WHITEOUT is very lame. Toward the end, the audience was laughing at what is supposed to be dramatic lines but simply come off as campy. Also, the performances are wooden, and the directing tries to rely on fast editing during the action sequences to make up for the poor story.

The whole movie is simply clichéd. In fact, it comes across as a substandard TV crime drama set in the South Pole. The story’s climax is when three characters are fighting it out in 100 mile per hour winds. However, because all three characters are in parkas and wearing goggles, it is impossible to tell who is fighting whom.

The stakes for the movie is that a storm is approaching and the plane for the winter is leaving. However, the characters, though “stranded,” are in a multi-million dollar facility for the winter, and they often discuss the other winters when they stayed. So, there’s very little really at stake.

There is some strong foul language as well as completely unnecessary nudity that does nothing to advance the plot line or even tell viewers more about the characters. Though the characters are in a predicament of life and death, no one calls out to God or even brings Him up.

There are many better thrillers available. Readers can check out the vault of www.movieguide.org as a subscriber. WHITEOUT is boring and forgettable. Caution is advised for the violence, language and nudity.

In Brief:

WHITEOUT is the story of Carrie, a U.S. Marshall stationed at a facility on the South Pole. Still recovering from a past assignment where her partner betrayed her, Carrie struggles with trusting others. Her assignment is ending as the six-month winter approaches. After a year of very minor instances to investigate, here at the last minute, hours before she is to leave, a man is found murdered.

WHITEOUT is a poorly made movie. The script is at best lackluster and at worst confusing. There are a number of plot holes. The whole movie is simply clichéd, like a substandard TV crime drama set in the South Pole. There is some foul language as well as completely unnecessary nudity that do nothing to advance the plot or even tell viewers more about the characters. Though the characters are in a predicament of life and death, no one calls out to God or even brings Him up. There are many better thrillers and you can check out the vault of www.movieguide.org as a subscriber. WHITEOUT is boring and forgettable. Caution is required for the violence, brief nudity and foul language.