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Whiteout review

Antarctica may be "the coldest land mass on the planet," but that doesn't prevent lone law-woman Kate Beckinsale stripping off within 10 minutes for an entirely gratuitous shower scene.

Good to see Dominic Sena – the man who got Halle Berry to unwrap her baps in Swordfish – hasn't lost his lad-mag instincts. After all, it takes ingenuity to show flesh in a place where a man without a coat is a popsicle in waiting.

Would that there was anything else to recommend this dull thriller, which sees Kate probe a McMurdo most foul at a South Pole research station connected to a Russian cargo plane that crashed into the ice half a century earlier.

Cue numerous gruesome crime scenes, a ski-masked killer and fisticuffs exchanged in blizzard conditions so fierce you can't tell who's fighting who. Poor Kate winds up losing two fingers to frostbite, along with a fair chunk of credibility.

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