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Whiteout (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 104

Kate Beckinsale is as lovely as ever, and does her best with the material, but moribund pacing and an uninspired plot leave Whiteout in the cold.

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 26

Kate Beckinsale is as lovely as ever, and does her best with the material, but moribund pacing and an uninspired plot leave Whiteout in the cold.

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A U.S. marshall tracking a vicious murderer through the Antarctic must locate the killer before the sun sets for six months, or risk being trapped in the dark with the madman for months on end in director Dominic Sena's adaptation of the graphic novel series by Greg Rucka. U.S. marshall Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) has been stationed at Antarctica's South Pole research base for two years, and now after turning in her resignation she's looking forward to finally going home. The last plane out

Jan 19, 2010

$10.2M

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (114) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (104) | DVD (5)

It's Kate Beckinsale on Ice.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The film's slick and expensive looking but dumber than a dead penguin.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Kate Beckinsale is about as convincing a U.S. Marshal as Joan Crawford is a loving mother.

September 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Where are the penguins?

September 15, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (2)
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A stupid thriller.

September 15, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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For all its frozen blood, assaults with ice axes and killer weather, Whiteout turns out to be only a pale imitation of the thriller it might have been.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Gallons of the titular correction fluid may have helped Dominic Sena's abysmal thriller if it had been applied at just about any juncture during the graphic novel-to-feature film script stage.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen-Space
Screen-Space

When the snow starts blowing, it's impossible to tell who's who and what's what. Maybe parkas should be color-coded.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Whiteout isn't particularly bad but it does follow the thriller playbook step-by-step with only a little tweaking. A lack of originality isn't the end of the world but it could have been so much better.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Dominic Sena, whose credits include 1993's 'Kalifornia' (good) and 1996's 'Swordfish' (not so good), can't seem to find anything new under the perpetually obscured sun.

May 11, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

If you'd forgotten that this title ever existed, well, so have I.

February 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

South Pole-set whodunnit is bloody but bland.

January 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Okay, it's far from the best murder mystery you've ever seen, but I still can't help but liking this throwaway thriller. The ending was no surprise. Paul Chambers, CNN.

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

...it's painless. Brainless, too, but not so much so that you want to throw a shoe at the screen.

January 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

Needed: Generic thriller in an exotic setting, some gore, possible sci-fi elements, female lead, and an older male star to play grizzled supporting character. Must work cheap.

November 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Whiteout is a colorless wasteland. There's only one thing that could have helped cover this film up: A flashback that changed the script's name to Wite-Out.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The film's biggest crime is that no obvious effort was made here, everything flows with the rigidity of a check list of genre cliches and safe choices.

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

The movie is as inert as the wintry terrain in which it is set.

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Quick Stop Entertainment
Quick Stop Entertainment

I wasn't entertained, I just wanted out of the supposed cold.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

...just predictable routine.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

a relatively mediocre, by-the-numbers mystery thriller that melts from your mind as soon as you step into the sunlight

September 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The misleading trailer suggests 'Nancy Drew vs. the Thing,' but this graphic-novel adaptation is more 'CSI: Antractica' -- a straight if occasionally gruesome murder mystery, boosted by the novelty of its sub-zero South Pole setting.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Kate Beckinsale, adrift in a blizzard of cliches, doesn't have enough star presence or her Stevie Nicks black leather vampire drag to keep audiences from drifting away. Bland and predictable.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Is best when dealing with the splendors of the natural landscape.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Whiteout

Whiteout is based on a graphic novel apparently. I'm a bit of a comic buff and I have to say that one passed me by. I'm not going to bother looking out for it though. Whiteout is a decent enough middle of the week popcorn film. The questionable special effects used in the flashback scenes are generally made up for in the snowy scenes and with the non-CGI gore. It doesn't take a genius to guess 'Who dunnit' when there are only 5 characters to start with but it doesn't matter, it's no work of art but it serves its purpose.
October 24, 2013
SirPant

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An ok horror thriller with some cool Arctic shots but nothing new and very predictable.
November 2, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

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Been waiting to see this for awhile now and thinking the story and idea sounded great.Well what can i say it really never got going and the lack of a really good mystery so lets it down.Even the performances are abit wooded.
You so expect more from starss like beckinsale and sterritt who are both favs of mine.And to top off the whole movie is the so bad twist at the end and climax just seem limp.
A Very Disappointed Movie maybe not one to avoided but maybe one to have a few beers before viewing.
July 30, 2012
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    1. Dr. John Fury: I never meant for anyone to get hurt, but Haden got greedy.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Carrie Stetko: How bad is it?
    2. Delfy: Bad enough that you don't want to see.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Carrie Stetko: This ice has been worked. (Walks off and falls into a hole)
    2. Delfy: Stetko!!!
    – Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
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