Two men embark on a dramatic expedition to the North Pole, widely considered the toughest on Earth. They journey 400 plus miles on foot facing harsh temperatures to below 50 degrees F. Into the Cold is a bone-chilling story of true bravery, incredible courage and unrelenting determination.
"A Journey of the Soul" should be "A Journey of Me, Sebastian Copeland". Copeland is credited as narrator, director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and actor. I suspect he also selected the musical direction that just never fit. That is to say, Copeland is everywhere here and things could have been a whole lot better if some others had filled some of those roles.
The description for this doc promised another good adventure, like so many others I've watched in a similar vein. Instead it was made just bearable by the lethargic, self-absorbed and repetitive narration and near-constant centerpiece Sebastian Copeland. There's a saying in writing books and screenplays: "show, don't tell". Great docs never preach or plead their case directly--they let the images speak and respect the viewer enough to trust them to think for themselves and make their own decisions. Copeland obviously doesn't subscribe to that edict. Beyond that the narration is dry and often melodramatic, and just too centered around Copeland. For all the setup of how epic this journey was--even suggesting more than once that it was as big or bigger than climbing Everest--it just didn't convey that, nor have I ever seen a helicopter pick up climbers who reached the top of Everest. The scenery is the only thing epic here but it's nowhere near enough to save it.
Slowest start to an expedition documentary I've ever seen. Just about half of the film in and they still haven't started the actual trek. That, combined with the extremely pompous nature of the narrator (the amount of self promotion, stock footage of TV programs he's been on, and still photos with celebrities was insane to me), really killed this for me.
It is difficult to clearly understand why these two had to expend all these resources to "prove" that the north polar ice cap is melting. I have no sympathy for their suffering. Seems like they where simply using global warming as an excuse for their own little adventure.
This is just a Global Warming propaganda film NOT a century recognition of Peary’s trip to the North Pole and back. Made in 2009, replete with predictions of an ice-free Arctic just a 3-4 years away (still not true 7 yrs later), these 2 guys take 8 airplane trips to be dropped off on the sea ice 150 miles NORTH of where Peary left the Canadian coast (probably because the coast is where the largest pressure ridges are…toughest, slowest travel). A journey made possible ONLY by fossil fuels, to get there, to stay warm, to clothe and house them, to cook and melt water, they endure frostbite and -40C temps in a “melting” world which they demonstrate with open ice leads and claims multiyear ice is all gone (as they pass piles of 3m thick blue blocks of it) and pine for renewable energy (so why not do the trip on solar power). FYI, Peary’s team went DAYS waiting for leads to close in 1909 as they had sledges not boats. They also leave on Mar 24, 4 weeks after Peary (probably because when Peary left on Feb 28 temps are commonly <-60C) AND make a one way trip to 90deg only to be picked up by a helicopter (solar powered…no). If they made the movie about the journey rather than about an indictment of Western Civilization it would have been interesting. Instead the movie is a waste of time about a couple guys not coming even CLOSE to what men really accomplished a century before.