I grabbed this one of the DVD displays here at the library because I'm a fan of Kate Beckinsale and somehow missed seeing this one over the course of the 3+ years since it was released (2009). Based on a graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber, Whiteout is set primarily at the Amundsen-Scott Research Center on Antarctica, as U.S. Federal Marshal Carrie Stetko investigates the continent's first murder...then series of murders. All as the base's occupants prepare to evacuate in the face of an oncoming megablizzard. The performances, from Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Alex O'Loughlin and Tom Skerritt are all top-notch, and the filmmakers were successful in creating a very atmospheric set. Whether the characters are trapped outside in howling whiteout conditions, or inside, in the claustrophobic environment of the base with a killer on the loose, the tension is high. There are some lapses in logic and some character motivations, but it is still an entertaining action flick in an unusual setting, featuring a strong female lead. I recommend it fairly strongly. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [Subscribe to
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