For U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale), things are about to get even more dangerous. The only law enforcement in this unforgiving territory, she has just been sent to investigate a body on the ice. Antarctica’s first homicide. A shocking discovery in itself, it will plunge her into an even more bizarre mystery and the revelation of secrets long-buried under the endless ice–secrets that someone believes are still worth killing for. As Stetko races to find the killer before he finds her, winter is already closing in. In the deadly Antarctic whiteout, she won’t see him till he’s a breath away.
WHITEOUT is a movie that’s based on a graphic novel, which in the modern vernacular means comic book, and it has all the advantages and disadvantages of a comic book. It has some great chase scenes. It has some great ideas. It’s very badly written. Part of the problem happens in the first couple of minutes. The beginning starts with a plane crash. Mmm, yeah, if you have to travel in the near future, not necessarily your favorite thing to see in a movie, not so much. Then we follow somebody in Antarctica, which seems to be the new place to set thrillers, and as we see this person go into their room, they strip down, literally naked, and it’s the cute Kate Beckinsale, who then takes a shower. You may ask yourself what this has to do with the rest of the movie, and I would answer: Hmm, not sure, maybe comic book? Maybe getting all those little horny 15-year-old boys on board. The story itself is a thriller where people keep ending up murdered and everybody is hooded and goggled, so we don’t actually know who the bad guy is. It’s kind of Freddy Krueger-sicle. It’s not a bad story. The chase scenes are genuinely scary. The acting goes from so-so to okay, but the problem is really the writing. However, it’s interesting enough and exciting enough that I’d give it three stars.