Beyond the Pole
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Two men with more ambition than sense set out to cross the arctic in this mock-documentary comedy. Mark Bark-Jones (Stephen Mangan) and Brian Tongue (Rhys Thomas) are a pair of environmental activists who've decided to take their own slogan "Don't Be Impotent, Be Important" to heart by staging an event that will attract attention to their campaign against global warming. Mark and Brian are determined to stage the first carbon-neutral journey to the North Pole, with the vegetarian hikers making the journey entirely under their own power and with only organically produced… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With considerable experience in both comedy and genuine docus, helmer David L. Williams... knows exactly the filmmaking cliches he's spoofing, as well as the deadpan comic timing needed to stretch this over feature length."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Eschewing easy slapstick, director David L Williams finds humour in unexpected places. The Arctic has never been so much fun."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Faintly absurd run-ins with polar bears and a rival expedition go as you'd expect, while the mockery of the men's unwitting hypocrisy plays second fiddle to the endearingly silly buddy act."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
"This is a small British mockumentary with some good laughs and two likeable leads in Mangan and Thomas, but you can't escape the feeling that it is best seen at home on DVD, with a nice takeaway."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
"Watchable comedy with an engaging premise and strong performances but the script struggles to find the right tone and it's never quite as funny as it should have been."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"This is gummy (if welcome) eco-film satire, then, but mostly just a vehicle for tent and crampon gags, and for Mangan to perfect his grating-dolt shtick."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"A likeable but giggle-free Brit comedy that brings nothing new to the ubiquitous mockumentary format, it succeeds only in gumming its targets instead of sinking its teeth into them."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"A quirkily endearing low-budget effort."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The frequently improvised humour may be patchy, but this is a consistently enjoyable romp."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"This engaging comedy is consistently amusing rather than ferociously funny, but it has heart, ensuring an unexpectedly affecting climax."
‑ Jay Richardson, Future Movies UK
"It is by turns a ferocious 'j'accuse' of the limits of liberal intervention and the myth of personal responsibility, underpinned by a surprisingly bitter current of darkness and despair."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"It starts tiresomely - it is obvious the pair can't be taken seriously for a moment - but cheers up when the expedition gets dangerous and a couple of gay Norwegians show them a clean pair of heels."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The story wobbles badly in the third act, and loses its audience as it gets both contrived and maudlin."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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