Monday, 26 April 2010

Film Review: WHITEOUT (2009)

Director: Dominic Sena
Running time: 96 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 15

UK Release Date: 11th September 2009

Watched on DVD Monday 26th April 2010.


Looking at the trailer for this film it looks pretty good. Despite having heard reports that this film is not very good I took the trailer at its word and watched the film. Set in Antarctica at the station situated at the South Pole, the film tells the story of the first murder committed there.

The opening scenes show a Russian plane flying across Antarctica in 1957. After passing round some vodka a shootout occurs resulting in everyone on board being killed. The plane crash lands and is left to be covered by the ice. We now switch to the present day where U.S. Marshall Carrie Stetko is the law enforcement officer at the South Pole Station. It is getting near the end of summer season and the base is packing up and getting ready to leave for the winter. A report comes in that a body has been spotted out on the ice. Carrie and her friend Dr. John Fury, a.k.a. Doc fly out to find the body of a geologist who had been working from another base with two colleagues. Returning to the Station Carrie receives a call from one of the other members of the geologist’s party. He is at a Russian base and Carrie goes to meet him. When she finds him he has been fatally wounded and Carrie is also attacked by a masked assassin. Carrie and her pilot, Delfy, are met by U.N. official, Robert Pryce, and he persuades them to go the smaller base that the geologists were stationed at. From there they discover the area they had been searching. At that location the find the Russian plane buried in the ice. A large strong-box on board had been opened and several containers were missing. I won’t say any more just in case there’s anyone out there who wants to see it.

The film is based on a graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber, which I must admit I have never read. There was a lot of reliance on graphic effects which didn’t always work. The performances were ok, but I felt nobody was really stretched, honourable mentions go to Kate Beckinsale as Carrie Stetko, Gabriel Macht as Robert Pryce, Tom Skerritt as Dr. John Fury and Columbus Short as Delfy.

Over all it was quite a disappointing film, it did get a little more exciting towards the end, but I found it not very engrossing. The script was dull and lifeless, the characters were two-dimensional and the plot was far too predictable. So, in conclusion, don’t be fooled by the trailer, this one’s a bit of a turkey, not really recommended.

My score: 5.1/10

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