Whiteout (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Whiteout (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 leaves in just three days, and just after that Antarctica will not see the sun again for another 24 weeks. Then, just 72 hours before she is set to escape the coming darkness, a body is discovered in the ice -- prompting the first murder investigation ever to take place on the desolate Antarctic Circle continent. Little does Carrie realize that she's suddenly been thrust into a mystery over 60 years in the making, and that the killer is ready to strike again in order to protect a grim secret. Now, as the death toll starts to rise, loyalties shift, and a massive series of whiteouts blow bitter winds across the frozen landscape, the U.S. marshall who wanted nothing more than to escape the cold must work around the clock to catch a killer before the blinding white snow gives way to the deadly darkness of winter.more
Rating: R (for violence, grisly images, brief strong language and some nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes, Carey Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 19, 2010
Box Office: $10.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Kate Beckinsale
as Carrie Stetko
Gabriel Macht
as Robert Pryce
Tom Skerritt
as Dr. John Fury
Alex O'Loughlin
as Russell Haden
Shawn Doyle
as Sam Murphy
Bashar Rahal
as Russian Pilot
Julian Cain
as Russian Co-Pilot
Dennis Keiffer
as Russian Guard
Andrei Runtso
as Russian Guard
Roman Varshavsky
as Russian Guard
Craig Pinckes
as Aircraft Tech
Sean Tucker
as Operations Tech
Louis Dionne
as Man in Hall
Patrick Sabongui
as Miami Prisoner
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News & Interviews for Whiteout

Critic Reviews for Whiteout

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (26)

It's Kate Beckinsale on Ice.

Full Review… | September 21, 2009
Associated Press
Top Critic

The film's slick and expensive looking but dumber than a dead penguin.

Full Review… | September 21, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012

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

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011

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.

Full Review… | May 11, 2010
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Whiteout


I love Kate Beckinsale in almost anything. . this though well .. left me wanting. Not the best murder mystery out there and it showed. The cast was decent but seemed to lack any kid of ummph. I think the source material and or the script just didnt give them much to work with and the end result was kinda plain. Apparently this was a graphic novel which I have not read.

The movies visuals though were pretty stunning. . 3d CG and all. Just looked like a very harsh place to be.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

An ok horror thriller with some cool Arctic shots but nothing new and very predictable.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


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.

Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

Whiteout Quotes

Dr. John Fury: I never meant for anyone to get hurt, but Haden got greedy.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Carrie Stetko: How bad is it?
Delfy: Bad enough that you don't want to see.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Carrie Stetko: This ice has been worked. (Walks off and falls into a hole)
Delfy: Stetko!!!
– Submitted by James W (5 years ago)

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