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Kon Tiki (2013)



Critic Consensus: A well-crafted retelling of an epic true story, Kon Tiki is a throwback to old-school adventure filmmaking that's exciting and entertaining in spite of its by-the-book plotting.

Movie Info

Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers, all while the world was watching. KON-TIKI tells about the origin of Heyerdahl's idea and the events surrounding the group's voyage.(c) Weinsteinmore
Rating: PG-13 (for a disturbing violent sequence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Petter Skavlan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 2013
Box Office: $1.5M
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Pål Sverre Hagen
as Thor Heyerdahl
Anders Baasmo Christ...
as Herman Watzinger
Tobias Santelmann
as Knut Haugland
Gustuf Skarsgard
as Bengt Danielsson
Jakob Oftebro
as Torstein Raaby
Odd Magnus Williamso...
as Erik Hesselberg
Gustaf Skarsgård
as Bengt Danielsson
Agnes Kittelsen
as Liv Heyerdahl
Pål Sverre Hagen
as Thor Heyerdahl
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Critic Reviews for Kon Tiki

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (24)

Kon-Tiki is a widescreen man-against-nature epic, beautifully shot and boasting seamless, stunning visual effects.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

While requiring little effort to get immersed in this tale, such is the strength of this compelling story - if there is one thing to take away from proceedings, it's that it is worth catching this in its original, more authentic form.

Full Review… | December 24, 2014

Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg certainly seize the opportunity to deliver a spirited high seas adventure, taking some creative liberties along the way, but remaining true to the spirit of the times and the participants.

Full Review… | December 22, 2014

Considering we all know the outcome, the levels of tension remain impressive, while an atmosphere of melancholy tempers even the most triumphant moments.

Full Review… | December 21, 2014
Observer [UK]

It is beautifully shot and has the same fierce intelligence about it that you find in its producer's other epic "quest" movies.

Full Review… | December 19, 2014

The wacky, amateurish derring-do of the six-man crew, led by the lanky, floppy haired Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen as the ethnographer Heyerdahl, is astounding.

Full Review… | December 19, 2014
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Kon Tiki

After the eponymous expedition of Thor Heyerdahl over the Pacific to prove the then theory that the first to populate Polynesia were from South America, Kon-Tiki (2012, Norway) is a grand historical production of mesmerizing thrilling beauty and dangers of the ocean. With perfect blue cinematography and stylized dramatization, Kon-Tiki satisfies the human curiosity for knowledge and adventure. Ambitious 10!

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer


An engaging odyssey with a stunning cinematography that uses an appropriately large depth of field to explore the vastness of the high sea. Also, the characters are complex and well defined in their motivations, in a story that also manages to be very tense.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A Norwegian explorer floats from South America to the Polynesian Islands.
There's no doubt that this is a harrowing journey and it could be a compelling story, but the film leaves much to be desired. The group of explorers is composed of virtually identical people, and while a few of the characters squabble, there isn't enough compelling conflict between them to keep this film from falling into a second act lull. What is more, the inciting action of the film implies that the central conflict calls into question Thor's blind and foolhardy determination, but this conflict isn't explored or realized. Rather, Thor is proved correct and his determination is supported almost uncritically in the film's non-ironic up ending.
Overall, while the subject is good, the film is not.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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