Whiteout is a film taking place in a desolate area. The Antarctic. The place where nothing ever happens, except it may snow every now and then. Dominic Sena is in charge of bringing to life the story of the first homicide in the South Pole. The movie stars Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht and Tom Skerritt.
In the antarctic nothing every happens. It’s the perfect place for a dead end job, unless you are a scientist studying the way ice melts then it’s a pretty cool place. For everyone else, it’s a dead end job. This includes U.S. Marshall Carrie Stetko. She has taken the position of law enforcement agent for this remote outpost. It’s very similar to a wild west frontier where there is no one around and the only law in town is the sheriff. Only, if the wild west played out in the antarctic, there would have never been any really cool gun fights because the bullets would have frozen in mid air… Anyway, I digress. Carrie Stetko has to find a killer within the outpost and she must do it before the winter storm season begins, She has roughly 3 days to accomplish the task.
It must have been an interesting pitch at the discussion table. The idea of following a female US Marshall as she investigates the very first homicide in the antarctic sounds really good and original. However, somewhere between that bright original idea someone got lost. I can’t really tell you who it was but obviously someone left the path untraveled and found the old trail that everyone has used before and everyone else followed that person over the cliff. Maybe it was due to a whiteout in the production room. Who knows? The idea is the only original part of this movie. The rest can and has been seen over and over again. Look at any cop drama from the 80’s and you will find the same back story. An officer who is questioning themselves and those around them, who has angst about their ability to do their job and in the midst of it all must somehow rise above it all to solve the case. I think I just gave the synopsis for Turner and Hooch or was it K9…?
All is not lost here though, after all our star of the show is Kate Beckinsale. (one of my favorite actresses) She gives a very solid performance, the movie just isn’t Underworld or Van Helsing. I would like to see bigger roles for her in the future. Reese Witherspoon was set to play this character back in 2002 but I believe Kate Beckinsale is the stronger of the two for this role. The location itself makes for a beautiful backdrop and we can feel the vastness and desolation of what it would be like to live there.
As I have alluded to earlier, the problem is that much like the antarctic, nothing of interest ever really happens. We are led through the paces and spit out for the finale. It is scripts like this that give me hope that I will someday get my script picked up and made into a movie. I give this movie a 2.5 stars ( 2 stars if Kate Beckinsale weren’t involved… She really saved this film for me) and leave it up to the reader if they want to spend their hard earned money on this one or wait until it’s network premier on TV.