I saw the movie last night (Saturday). It was important to me to go on opening weekend to show support for Alex.
I was initially a bit anxious about how good it would be since it got many negative reviews. The theatre I went to also put it on one of their smallest screens… so obviously they were not anticipating crowds. Sadly only a half dozen people were in the theatre.
But guess what? I like the movie. It was not an action packed summer blockbuster caliber movie but it was entertaining and it had an interesting story. I also loved the cast… Kate, Alex, Gabriel, and Tom were all awesome.
It takes place in Antarctica and Kate Beckinsale (Carrie Stetko) is a US Marshall who was heavily traumatized by her last mission and chose exile in Antarctica to recover and also punish herself a little I think. After 2 years of nothing serious going down she finds that for the first time ever, there has been a murder there. This happens 2-3 days before the base is going to be evacuated before the winter storms come that last 6 months.
Obviously though the killer is among them so Carrie can ignore the investigation and just bide her time until they all go home but that means the killer will get away with it. She chooses to see if she can find out whomever it is before they have to leave. As she closes in, the killer has no choice but to try and cover his tracks, killing MORE people who can put the clues together.
Together with a UN investigator that has been flown in, Carrie discovers an old Russian plane that had cargo someone was willing to kill for. Who who???? Duh, duh, duh…..
Well, we knew going in that Alex played the bad guy, heck we had pictures of him with a pick-axe. Many people thought this info spoiled the movie.. but it doesn’t. Knowing that Alex’s character is the killer is only one part of the mystery to be solved.
Alex was FABULOUS in his role, although the naked running scene was too fast and blurry to be enjoyed. He played the role of cocky, arrogant party boy pilot, really well. The fact that he was willing to go to the lengths he did was fascinating. In fact my fave moment of the whole movie was a smile. Yes, just a smile but it was sooooo cryptic.
Carrie Stetko was hooked to a rope that helped them make their way from one building to the next without losing their way. The “whiteout” or storms that frequent the area make it impossible to see more than a foot in front of your face so the ropes keep them from getting lost to the elements. At one point she falls and the rope is tugged. Alex’s character, is also hooked to the line, and when he feels the slight tug he knows that she is there and that his target is almost at hand. The smile was so evil it gave me chills.
I also liked the scenes where he and Carrie were together. He was completely aware that she was his match and he WANTED a chance to best her. The fact that she didn’t give him the time of day was infuriating. I felt that he REALLY wanted to show her just how BAD he was whenever they were in the same room.
Anyway the critics can kiss my arse.. the movie was good and Alex was GREAT. I just wish he had more screen time AND I don’t want to spoil the end but I felt that some romance between Carrie and Gabriel Macht’s character would have made the movie even better.
So what did you think of it?