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.
Enjoyed this film very much. Unlike some of the negative reviews (hoping they know how to do the backstroke) it mostly focused on the rigors of this expedition and tried to share the intense experience. That the emotions were profound and that they spoke of the melting icecap it is just a logical perception of what they saw and knew and not intrusive to the films purpose. I appreciated that I could view thieir experience and not have to even pretend I could ever do it. It did leave me a bit silent after the ending credits.
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.
A really good documentary of 2 people traveling to the North Pole, their trials and conquests facing the elements of severe cold atop of the earth. The videography and cinematography are amazing as is the editing of their great adventure.
This is the kind of human activity that should never fade away. The need for exploration, for challenge, for going beyond our own limits. For creating and expanding... but now more than ever with the explicit intent of protecting the planet. This film helps increase awareness. I empathize with Copeland even more because I have also done challenging outings that include a winter expedition to the arctic circle. There aren't words to fully describe what it is like to be in the middle of all that, but one thing for sure is the clear understanding of the fragility and awe of it. I highly recommend this film.
"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.
A great documentary of the actual journey. The white Artic desert is breath taking. The brutal cold is almost felt by the spectator. Great footage of the ever changing Artic ocean drift. The melting ice caps is discussed. Ecological issues are addressed by the film makers.
Pretty awesome film. Gives some good insight to what an expedition looks like to the North Pole. Great photography. As mentioned in other reviews it is heavy on global warming propaganda, which is as stated one of the whole purposes of the expedition. I was trying to find articles to see if his predictions on iceless summers came true or not, which was variable depending on the resource. Worth a watch.