People must have set their expectations too high…
Well last night I went and saw this movie. I didn't know a lot about it, and I have found that this is the best way to see a movie, because if you watch all the reviews and get too hipped up about it, then you are most likely going to set yourself up for disaster. People seem to feel so outraged at how horrible this movie apparently was, but I don't know what they were expecting. My sister went with me and she was on the edge of her seat the whole time, and she isn't the type to get over excited about things. And I actually felt this movie was fairly decent.
The acting was not less than par and the movie portrayed a halfway accurate setting of what Antarctica is like. Sure they did lack a little bit of what would really happen with the lack of face protection, Kate's face would not have survived as well as it did when she went out without face protection in -60f temps.
People that rated this movie as poorly as they did because of their disbelief in what it’s like to be in conditions like this. Apparently may be they had never been in conditions like this. I've never been in -60 temps with 100 mph winds, but I've been in -50 temps with 40 mph winds, and it’s highly survivable.
But for the film itself, there were definitely many flaws. That stupid shower scene in the first 10 minutes of the movie was so tactless I was almost ready to leave. The acting was mediocre at best. I think Gabriel Macht is an extremely good looking guy, but based on this film he is a horrendous actor. Kate Beckinsale was okay as the lead... She had her moments. The dialogue was so cheesy though. And the film was just also very predictable and tedious. The flashback scenes in particular got pretty annoying as pretty much the same exact scene was repeated at least 3 or 4 times throughout the movie.
But perhaps the best aspect of the film is the scenery. The outside shots were beautiful. The whole idea of being on Antarctica was fascinating and is perhaps the main reason why I was able to put up with many of its flaws. I wish they developed that aspect of the story more. I also felt some of the blood and gore were also well done.
Overall it’s more tasteful to watch than these slasher movies ‘London Dreams’ & ‘Alladin’ this week.
Rating: 3 / 5