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Why 'White Out' missed the mark

Jenny was my guest at the preview of White Out.  After which, I interviewed her to get her feedback on the movie and whether or not she would tell anyone about it. Asked if she liked the story and the acting, Jenny's response was:  "It was filled with a bunch of 'fart acting' -- people just standing around giving their lines, but no flow."

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht and Tom Skerritt, White Out tells the story of U.S. Marshall Stetko (Beckinsale) who is assigned to a post in Antarctica as the only law enforcement officer.   As bodies begin to mysteriously show up, her friend and the only doctor, Dr. John Fury, begin to investigate the cause. Believing that there is a murderer loose, UN Operative, Robert Pryce (Macht) has been assigned to determine the connection between the murders and a Russian air plane that crashed under mysterious causes some sixty years earlier. Although the premise is interesting, some in the audience, like Jenny, were left unimpressed by the movie and the acting.

"I just think the movie itself was the usual. It was like the usual stuff -- nothing special. I predicted what was going to happen before any of the action started."   said Jenny an admitted fan of Tom Skeritt.

"Kate Beckinsale can’t act in this movie. Tom Skerritt is a great actor, but not in this one."

As the film begins to unfold, it immediately appears that the choice was made to play up Beckinsale's sex appeal at the expense of telling a more authentic story.  One example of this is that in a scene in the movie, Beckinsale's fingers are frost bit to the point of having to have them amputated.  However, even though her face was completely exposed, she never had as much as a chapped lip.

"It was too much about a woman who barely looked like she was one hundred pounds securing the whole of Antarctica, than it was about a good story.  I would change the actress and the plot; or not waste the money at all and not make the movie. I give it two thumbs down."   

In balance, the story, unlike others that are similar, takes us to a place we don't normally go and tried to give us a sense of what it is like to be there.  Unfortunately, in a story that is a miss, the audience may also miss what I believe the director, Dominic Sena, was trying to convey.

We want to know: Do you agree with Jenny?