Whiteout (2009)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  11 September 2009 (USA)
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U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Todd ...
Arthur Holden ...
Russian Pilot
Russian Co-pilot
Russian Guard
Andrei Runtso ...
Russian Guard
Russian Guard


U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko is three days from the end of her tour at an international research station in Antarctica after which she'll resign. An incident from her past haunts her. The continent's first winter storm is coming when a body, wearing no gear, is discovered in the tundra. She investigates, soon finds more bodies, and must find a motive and a murderer before the storm and her departure. A U.N. agent, Robert Pryce, appears, seemingly out of nowhere, to help. An aging physician about to retire, a nervous mission chief, a downed Soviet plane, and the weather's deadly elements add to the story. Can Carrie trust Pryce and does she still have what it takes? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, grisly images, brief strong language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror en la Antártida  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£150,995 (UK) (11 September 2009)


$10,268,846 (USA) (11 December 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kate Beckinsale was producer Joel Silver's first choice for the role of Carrie Stetko. See more »


Big storms as depicted in this movie do not happen at the South Pole. Conditions are typically fairly calm there. The big storms all happen hundreds of miles away towards the edge of the continent. See more »


[first lines]
Russian Pilot: [about the vista] Amazing, eh?
Russian Co-pilot: How much longer?
Russian Pilot: Six and a half hours.
Russian Co-pilot: Let's do this now.
Russian Pilot: So soon?
Russian Co-pilot: I want to get it over with.
Russian Pilot: Okay. Fine.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros and Dark Castle logos fade into the aurora australis (southern lights) over the Antarctic sky. See more »


Featured in Richard Roeper & the Movies: The Worst of 2009 (2010) See more »


Laser Love
Written by Marc Bolan
Performed by T. Rex
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group o/b/o ITS Music Publishing BV
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User Reviews

About as fun as frostbite and as good as a snowcone mid-winter.
24 September 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

"Whiteout" was dead on arrival. Word has it that this movie has been sitting on a studio shelf for some time now. This usually isn't a good sign and while some films that have delayed releases turn out to be good, Whiteout is not.

The problem with Whiteout is not the acting or the direction, but with the awful script and tired storyline. There is not one thing here that is new or original. A "killer-on-the-loose" story needs twists, revelations, and the one's given in Whiteout are solely lacking creativity. Many will guess who is pulling the strings before the first act is up. Second, the story is boring and uneventful. Save a few chases scored to pounding music, not much happens. The film tries to establish a sense of urgency with an oncoming intense snow storm. This element does little to add to the story aside from a need to get off the continent.

Whiteout is truly a celebration of mediocrity that fails on all accounts. At the time this was supposedly filmed, Beckinsale was probably still trying to cement herself as a star in Hollywood. It makes sense that she took the role. However, and for her benefit, she has done far better since. That makes this film seem even more out of place.

Don't waste your time or money. Don't waste a DVD rental. Whiteout just isn't worth it.

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