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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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