It is a great idea to watch the 1982 cult classic John Carpenter’s The Thing, prior to viewing the movie Whiteout, since the Thing has grown an enormous following, even though it did awful at the box office. There is another little classic film you may have heard of, E.T. the Extraterrestrial. as E.T. The Extraterrestrial opened that same weekend. The reason you should watch The Thing is that is features a similar Antarctic research compound setting as Whiteout, though The Thing is more of a gross-out sci-fi movie. This distinction in tone and atmosphere from The Thing has been reiterated by Dominic Sena, the director of Whiteout.
Let’s talk more about the film. If you have a monitor that if fair sized, and you choose to watch the movie online, everything should be great. Whiteout is actually based on a Greg Rucka’s graphic novel of the same name rather than John Carpenter’s The Thing, the graphic novel being illustrated by Steve Lieber. The majority of the fans where thrilled that the graphic novel was being turned into a movie. The black and white visuals of the graphic novel fit the Antarctic atmosphere well. There is a sequel to the graphic novel available now called Whiteout: Melt. This new entry seems tailor-made for film adaptation, as it seems to be presented like a storyboard and less like a traditional comic book. Whiteout: Melt has a storyline that contains political intrigue, nuclear weapon theft, and more thrills. In a few years, you may be able to watch Whiteout online along with any sequels it may have.
Northern Manitoba was where most of the film was shot, though it was later moved to a sound stage in Montreal. Through the use of special effects, Manitoba appeared even more chaotic than in reality. The crew and cast of the movie were taught in every way that one could die in the extremely frigid environment, even ways that seemed harmless, like not changing out of clothes made for harsh weather, facing the wind while breathing, or consuming alcohol. Was it worth it all in the end? We’ll see. The initial reviews have been lukewarm; however, box office numbers can many times completely defy the reviews. Whiteout is set to open September 9th.
Movie Review – Whiteout
The new Antarctic murder mystery thriller called Whiteout is set to be released 10 September in the UK. Set at one of the research stations on Antarctica, Whiteout is about lots of things: mysterious things buried under the ice, murder, a U.S. marshal hoping to escape the rest of the world by moving to Antarctica, and the approach of the Antarctic winter, during which the sun sets for six months.
The movie is based on a graphic novel, also titled Whiteout, which concerns U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko and U.N. agent Lily Sharp and the pursuit of a murderer at the coldest place on earth with a three-day deadline before winter closes in for six months. A body is discovered miles away from the base where Carrie and the other residents live. There is no map, tracks, nothing to give any clues as to what happened.
Though it sounds like the setup for a classic crime thriller, the plot is mostly, well, “plotty,” methodically moving from one point to the next, with the turns and twists packing little in the way of surprise. Perhaps it is because of the setting, but there’s not a lot of excitement in the pursuit of the murderer.
Beckinsale seems to phone it in for this movie, as a rather stock character who has flashbacks to the traumatic events that sent her to Antarctica in the first place, and who becomes involved in a “will they or won’t they” romantic entanglement. But the team of four screenwriters populated the cast with inadequately developed major characters played by Tom Skerritt (Dr. John Fury) and Gabriel Macht (U.N. agent Robert Pryce, who takes the place of the novel’s Lily Sharpe), neither of whom breathes too much life into the characters.
The director Dominic Sena directed Swordfish a few years ago, and that seems to explain a lot of the lameness in this movie’s execution. But then again, Sena directed Kalifornia, which was a good movie.
The film does a decent job with a scene that takes place during a blizzard in which the snow is falling fast and thick enough that everyone looks identical and it’s really hard to tell what’s going on. The viewer can feel the frustration, helplessness and hopelessness of the characters easily. While not aggressively bad, the movie is a disappointing adaptation of a decent work of fiction that could have been much better.
Watch Whiteout Trailer Online
Only rarely do you get the words “crime thriller” and “Antarctica” in the same sentence. But with the new movie Whiteout, set to open 11 September, that’s exactly what you get. You can watch the Whiteout Trailer online at several sites. The movie involves a murder that takes place on Antarctica and the pursuit of the murderer before the sun sets on Antarctica for six months.
Kate Beckinsale stars as a deputy U.S. marshal who moves to Antarctica to get away from her former life. Except for the weather, it sounds like an easy gig. But then Antarctica’s first murder takes place, with the corpse left close to where ice cores have been drilled out. The ice drilling has gone deep enough to suggest that whatever was drilled for is valuable enough to kill someone for. So with Whiteout, you have brutal murder + 6 months of winter darkness + Kate Beckinsale chasing a murderer, and the sum of those parts adds up to what looks to be an exciting new thriller.
Watch Whiteout Online Free
The movie Whiteout began life as a 1998 graphic novel by the same name written by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber. Directed buy Dominic Sena, the movie stars Kate Beckinsale and Gabriel Macht and is scheduled for 11 September 2009 release. You will be able to watch Whiteout online.
Whiteout is about a U.S. deputy marshal named Carrie Stetko (Beckinsale), who is assigned to Antarctica and has to investigate a murder there. She is restrained by time due to the impending start of an Antarctic winter, in which the sun sets for six months. Also investigating the murder is a U.N. operative named Robert Pryce, played by Gabriel Macht. Other cast members include Alex O’Loughlin as an overconfident pilot named Russell Haden and Columbus Short as Delfy, a novice pilot who helps Stetko in her investigation.
Early in the plot development, Stetko is attacked by the murderer she is looking for and left for dead. She manages to save herself, but she loses two fingers from frostbite. As the sole law enforcement in Antarctica, she is assigned to investigate Antarctica’s first murder. Her investigation reveals secrets buried under the Antarctic ice that someone believes to be important enough to kill for. Stetko has to find the killer before he finds her and kills her.
As for the graphic novel that spawned the screenplay of Whiteout, its protagonists are Carrie Stetko and in the book Stetko plays opposite U.N. agent Lily Sharpe. Apparently the movie studios were wary of having a feature movie with two female leads, and so they reassigned the gender of the U.N. agent. Anyway, Stetko has moved to The Ice as a way to get away from a troubled past, but then there is a murder there. The murderer could be one of five men on Antarctica. Furthermore, the murderer takes ice samples from the area around where the body is found. The book and movie explore what could make ice samples important enough to cause someone to commit murder? Well, watch Whiteout online and you’ll find out all about it.
You could also consider reading the graphic novel the movie is based on. At only 128 pages long, it shouldn’t be too tough a read.