Why can't we just give average movies average ratings and consider them okay? Is it really necessary that we paint an alright film as a squishy tomato that seems rested alongside the worst films ever made? Whiteout (2009) is far from awful. It is ordinary and run-of-the-mill. It is plotting done uninspired. All of this constitutes a sigh of frustration perhaps. Maybe it feels like a lost opportunity. But you could come up with worse principle actors to spend time with than Kate Beckinsale and Tom Skerritt. Yes, the setting deserved a better film. It cops out to murder on the wintry, icy environs of Antarctica due to greed thanks to a fallen plane crash landed with precious cargo. So it isn't a plot that really meets the Agatha Christie standards. I honestly think if those so set against this went back and watched it a second time, the critique so harshly dealt towards Whiteout might be lighted a bit. It has good bits and pieces. The cannisters potentially tied to nuclear weaponry found on a Russian plane buried under heavy snow since 1957 have been taken by a killer who can fly a plane. That killer pursues Kate's Carrie Stetko, US Marshal, in full gear wielding a frenetic ice ax causing her to grab a wheel chilled at -65. The fingers later must come of by Skerritt's Doc John Fury.
Yes, I'm a sucker for a hot-shower sequence where Kate gradually disrobes all her outfit and gear after patrol later to get a steamy once-over. It is carefully shot to conceal her naked bits but Kate still knows how to work that shower for all its worth. A shower fetishest like me appreciates it. It has no real purpose, but Kate doesn't seem to mind. With a petite little body like that, Kate is willing to rock it.
The opening shoot out on the plane kicks it off with a bang and the ice ax chase with a killer suited up in goggles just narrowly missing Kate are good highlights. As is UN investigator, Gabriel Macht's Robert Pryce ingenuity to help his, Carrie's, and pilot Columbus Short's (as Delfy) escape from the Russian plane when the killer floods them with snowfall.