‘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.
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