Whiteout

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short, Alex O’Loughlin, Shawn Doyle, Tom Skerritt. Suspense Thriller. Written by Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber and Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes. Directed by Dominic Sena.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Carrie Stetko, the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, is investigating the continent’s first murder, which draws her into a shocking mystery. Now, with only three days until winter, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The trailer looks like a remake of The Thing, with people being chased in the subfreezing tundra by an unstoppable force in a fur-lined parka. But the murderous creature from space is not here. Oh, there’s a murderous monster, alright; he’s just not from outer space. It is a suspenseful drama, with people trying to elude a crazy with an ice axe. A few make it, but most get that supersized ice pick plunged into their skulls.

Taut direction and well acted, it's one failing may be that it’s too intense. I was a nervous wreck by film’s end. And make no mistake, there are grisly images that include frozen bodies being opened up by a coroner, and a gang of poor souls getting gunned down or stabbed to death, with lots of red syrup that passes exactly for blood to enhance the action. (Red blood, white snow.) And guess whose name is profaned every time someone gets frustrated, angry or scared?

DVD Alternative: Island in the Sky (1953).  John Wayne and his flight crew become stranded in the wilderness when their aircraft goes down.  It’s a tense drama as these men struggle to survive.  A solid performance by the Duke and directed by veteran flyer William Wellman.  It was just re-released a couple of years ago and the DVD contains several interesting features, including an insightful commentary track by Leonard Maltin and the director’s son William Wellman, Jr.

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Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor:
Dark Castle Entertainment

Summary
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Crude Language: I caught none

Obscene Language: Several minor expletives and four of five obscenities (the s- and f-words).

Profanity: Six misuses of either God’s name or Christ’s; the expression “oh my God” is used four or five times.

Violence: The film opens with people shooting one another on a plane, which crashes killing nearly everyone on it; people are chased by an unknown villain; people are gunned down, stabbed and beaten; a woman loses two fingers to frostbite – we see the blackened fingers as the doctor pushes a needle into them; the violence is graphic and gory. Blood: Lots of blood from gun and knife wounds; one man’s throat is slit, the blood pouring out; we several dead bodies that are frozen – these scenes become stomach churning.

Sex: I caught no sexual situations, but there is one brief moment of sexuality as women are seen in revealing clothing.

Nudity: brief shot of naked men running toward the camera out in the cold – the reason is never made clear – guess they were supposed to be relieving tension; a woman is seen undressing, we are left we her in brief underwear for a brief moment, then there’s the obligatory shower scene where the lead’s body is shaded by a foggy glass door.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults


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