Movie Review – Whiteout

A US Marshall at the Scott Amundsen base in the Antarctic has to investigate the first murder on the continent but with the weather and winter closing in, she is up against clock to solve this before she is stuck on the ice for the six months of winter, six months where she may be stuck with a murderer.

Based on the excellent graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber, Whiteout stars Kate Beckinsale as Carrie Stetko, a US Marshall who up to this point has not had to deal with anything other than petty theft on the ice. Ms Beckinsale is often in movies where she appears beautiful, stunning and downright sexy. Luckily, or perhaps unluckily, for Whiteout she portrays her character realistically, so no obvious makeup amd apart from the completely stupid and pointless opening shower scene, there is no hint of sex in the movie either.

The Antarctic is very much like outer space, very little drive throughs and not too much night life so in many ways, Whiteout could have been set in space (apart from the lack of snow) and it feels in a way like a quasi science fiction movie because of it.

I normally don’t acknowledge the soundtrack unless it really really works well with the use of popular music. Otherwise to me, the soundtrack should just blend in well. The soundtrack for Whiteout would blend in well if the movie had been a western as the feel for the music was often very different to what you would expect and want for this kind of movie.

Whiteout isn’t a bad movie, but it is not a great one either. As someone who has grown up loving both books and movies set in snow and ice, I can think of several of both that are better, some supremely and I think I’ll make that a post of its own!

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