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whiteout-dvd Movie: ‘Whiteout’
Rating: R for violence, grisly images, brief strong language and some nudity
Director: Dominic Sena
On DVD: Jan. 19, 2010
Buy It: Amazon

‘Whiteout’ is one of those little movies that might pass you by, but if you like  thrillers with a mystery, a dead body (or two), a stunning landscape, and characters who leave you guessing, you should check it out.

The story is set at the South Pole, and begins in 1957 with a Soviet cargo plane going down somewhere in Antarctica. Cut to the present day, with the Amundsen-Scott Scientific Station preparing to rotate out its summer crew and batten down for winter, just ahead of an approaching storm.

U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale – why are U.S. marshals always gorgeous females ) is preparing to leave, along with her doctor friend (Tom Skerrit). But then a body is discovered in the ice, and an investigation leads to an old Soviet ice station, another dead body, a killer, and the Soviet cargo plane.

Stetko is helped by the doctor, an aircraft pilot (Columbus Short), and a UN Security Officer (Gabriel Macht), and the group ends up stuck at the evacuated station with the killer(s).

Sure, there’s a few plot holes, but the action moves the story along, and you’re kept guessing until the end of the movie. It’s not the best action thriller ever made, but it’s a fun movie if you’ve got nothing else going on and want to see some stunning landscape scenes.

Image: Warner Bros.

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