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June 10, 2010

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Whiteout

by Franz Patrick


Whiteout (2009)
★ / ★★★★

Kate Beckinsale stars as U.S. Marshall Carrie Stetko whose job was to keep the people safe in a research facility in Antarctica. But she soon found herself in a case full of deceit after stumbling upon the first murder of the continent. With the aid of another man from the government (Gabriel Macht), they tried to get answers to questions such as the identity of the murderer and what were the contents of the box that the Russian plane carried. This picture was a prime example where the music did all the work in portraying tension instead of letting the images speak for themselves. I just really dislike it when I’m all too often aware of the music and nothing particularly interesting is happening on screen. For me, the music should be a suppplement of the visual experience and almost always not the driving force. In this movie, they used music to trick the audiences that something exciting was happening, when in reality, we were watching something really dull. In fact, we could barely see anything half of the time because of the quick cuts and the thick blizzard. During the so-called climax of the movie, I felt dizzy and frustrated because I could not tell who was who or if the protaginist was winning. For a murder mystery, this movie lacked tension and worse, a lack of urgency. I felt like the writers, Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, had so many ideas but they couldn’t focus those ideas or eliminate the ones that just did not make sense. As for the so-called twists, I saw them coming from a mile away because the looks that certain characters gave were so obvious. I felt like it did not even try to mask (pun intended) the identity (or identities) of the antagonists. I thought the setting of the movie was great; I really felt like I was Antarctica. But that was the only thing I liked about it. The movie felt like it ran for more than two hours (it was actually around an hour and forty) and I was just exhausted after watching it. “Whiteout,” directed by Dominic Sena, was based on a graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber and maybe it should have stayed that way. Somewhere in the middle, I really hoped that it was going to be an alien movie–somewhere along the lines of “The Thing.” Unlike “Whiteout,” that movie knows how to keep the viewers engaged with big rewards every fifteen minutes or so. Instead, I advise someone to watch “The Thing” or the extremely well-made documentary by Werner Herzog called “Encounters at the End of the World.”

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  1. Oct 21 2010

    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. Nice info, check out my review when you can!

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