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WHITEOUT

Lone U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) is stationed at Antarctica`s South Pole research base for two years. Just as she is about to turn in her resignation, a body turns up on the ice and Carrie is thrust into Antarctica`s very first murder investigation. As the death toll begins to mount and the mystery deepens, Carrie must solve the crime before the region is plunged into six months of isolated darkness with an unknown killer.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 17 Sep 2009
Genre: Action / Thriller / Mystery
Running Time: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Nicolas Wright, Shawn Doyle, Alex O'Loughlin
Director: Dominic Sena
Format: NA

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Based on a novel of the same name by Gred Rucka and Steve Lieber, "Whiteout" stars Kate Beckinsale as US Marshal Carrie Stetko, who's taken a post at a remote research station in Antarctica to escape a traumatic incident in her past. Soon, a dead body found nearby by pilot Delfyt (Columbus Short) prevents her from leaving Antarctica.

Kudos to the scriptwriters as they successfully build up the anticipation within audiences evidently making them wonder who the real killer is. However, they could've left out a couple of unnecessary scenes as it dilly dallies and doesn't contribute any meaning to the story. Opening to an adrenaline pumping action scene involving a Russian plane, it's unfortunate that the film fails to maintain the excitement as the story is dragged on, making you squirm in your seat anticipating the film to end. Even with this simple storyline, an improvement to the progression of the story would've made it less draggy and more entertaining.

"Underworld" star Kate Beckinsale who escapes her tight leather outfits to parkas, gives a disappointing performance failing to capture the essence of her character Carrie Stetko. Maybe director Dominic Sena banked on Beckinsale's pretty face and sexy physique a little too much, as we already get to see her strip down to white bra and knickers, then take a long steamy shower, very early on in the show.

The action scenes in the snow and blizzards are a smart idea but they aren't really done right because of all the CGI. Everything ends up looking blurry, out of focus and ultimately is just too hard to discern. On the other hand, the makeup effects executed onto the deceased bodies were well done looking almost realistic and equally as gross as the real thing.

With 1 hour and 44 minutes worth of runtime, this film just needed to be shorter to reduce the draggy moments. Moreover, it's tiring to keep on guessing who the actual murderer is.

Cinema Online, 15 October 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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