Ever wanted to save the planet and be a hero? Maybe get into the Guinness book of records? Beyond the Pole, the multi-award winning comedy/disaster movie follows the trials and tribulations of two friends. Mark Bark Jones (Stephen Mangan) and Brian Tongue (Rhys Thomas) when they set out on the world's first Carbon Neutral, Vegetarian, Organic expedition to the North Pole. Having no idea what they're doing, and suffering from a dangerous over competitive streak, they soon find themselves in a head to head race with a cocky gay (Olympic) Norwegian team lead by Terje (Alexander Skarsgard) and having to brave hungry polar bears, blizzards, and Mark's rapidly loosening grip on reality.
This film has funny moments and is generally an easy watch but the last 20 minutes are just abismal, ending in a face on shot of the happy couple talking to the camera (i.e. you) of what little things you can do to prevent global warming. It was farcical and ruined any enjoyment I had of the film, I am well aware that if I turn off the tap while I brush my teeth I'm doing a fine thing for society, I don't need Rhys Thomas to tell me so. The only time I'd watch this again is if I needed to educate a 3 year old on the doom the planet appears to be facing, though the doom of the British film funding boards appears to be more pressing if they fund rubbish like this.