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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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Storyline

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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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

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£150,995 (UK) (11 September 2009)

Gross:

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

The project was in early development as far back as 2002. Reese Witherspoon was attached to star at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Carrie struggles to button up her cardigan, Robert Pryce assists her in buttoning it all the way up. Directly afterward, Carrie rushes into the hallway and we see that her cardigan is now unbuttoned to mid-torso. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Top Gun (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Letter
Written by Wayne Carson Thompson
Performed by The Box Tops
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Moon On A Stick
15 August 2010 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

I am having problems with the critics of this film. What do they want? A moon on a stick. A film is set in Antarctica, the first film you think of is John Carpenter's The Thing. We know White Out is not going to be The Thing, but is an opportunity to revisit that territory, that isolation, those particular set of difficulties.

In terms of setting The Thing was one of Carpenter's best, but White Out does it better. Antarctica looks more threatening. The destructiveness to human tissue is more palpable. In fact there are related scenes where a central character is struggling to stay attached to the guide rope while the weather comes down and reduces visibility to inches. The White Out scene is more affective.

We have much more populated Antarctic base. People lead a privileged life in space age rooms and corridors. The equipment and facilities are sophisticated. At first we are reassured that Man has a better grip on this dangerous continent.

The characterisation is warm. The more personal face to face scenes are finessed well.

I cannot understand why people would choose to watch a film like this and then end up being disappointed. What were they expecting? What film of this type would have satisfied them? This is the opposite of a Michael Bay flash bang CGI overload film. It's more sedate. It's not trying to wake you up every ninety seconds.

They say Tarantino averages three films a day. I watch tons, especially in the sci-fi, mystery, suspense, chiller and thriller categories. I am convinced that this film is way above average.


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