Dismal script, dire acting. And there are also some bad points.
Dec 29, 2009
I knew when the opening scene had Kate Beckinsdale getting into a shower that it was the only thing they could do to get the audience's attention. It's pretty much downhill from there, descending into a TV episode set in snow. Lacking the supernatural element of the almost-as-bad "The Last Winter" and trying to salvage the best bits from The Thing and that episode of the X Files set in Alaska, it's a mish-mash of ludicrous plot points and terrible dialog. The best part is when Kate gets two fingers amputated - I never thought I'd say that.
Every twist is signaled from a mile off and there are so many "why did they do that?" moments that it robs the picture of any tension, suspense or surprise. Kate B sleepwalks her way through the role and Tom Skerritt is starting to look more like Kris Kristoffersen every day. The whiteout scenes suffer from unnecessary CGI injection, and fail to convey any sense of the beauty of the locale. Then there are endless technical flaws that will have you rolling in the aisles (the wind gives Kate B frostbite in 10 seconds flat but in every scene the character have no face mask and are unaffected). This film might make a good drinking game (1 shot every time something unbelievable happens).
This, fellow Lunchers, is one stinky movie.
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In the final scene, they use batteries from a potentially life-saving radio to escape - when they could have use the ones from a flashlight. Not very likely, methinks. And if you didn't get Skerritt as the bad guy from almost the first scene, you may have just been in the bathroom.
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Kate Beckinsale, Tom Skerritt - cool setting but it adds up to near nothing. Even the basic script was decent but the execution took care of that. A lot of poorly and overdone CGI didn't help much either nor did the actual cause of everything add up. Or the storyline - which in parts was silly. In total a really bad movie in a nice package. Kate and Tom could do nothing to salvage what was or wasn't there.
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A lone U.S. marshal stationed in Antarctica is drawn into a shocking murder investigation. With only three days until winter, she must solve the crime before the continent is plunged into darkness and she is trapped with the killer.Genres:Action/Adventure, Thriller and Adaptation Release Date:September 11th, 2009 (wide) MPAA Rating:R for violence, grisly images, brief strong language and some nudity. Distributors:Sony Pictures Releasing, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution See Full Details