Kon Tiki


Kon Tiki

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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.



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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) Weinstein

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Pål Sverre Hagen
as Thor Heyerdahl
Tobias Santelmann
as Knut Haugland
Gustuf Skarsgard
as Bengt Danielsson
Jakob Oftebro
as Torstein Raaby
Gustaf Skarsgård
as Bengt Danielsson
Odd Magnus Williamson
as Erik Hesselberg
Agnes Kittelsen
as Liv Heyerdahl
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Critic Reviews for Kon Tiki

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  • 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.

    Dec 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Enjoyable but not as exciting as it should be.

    Dec 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's intrinsically rousing stuff, although the journey is a little low on drama apart from the odd shark attack and a bit of bickering between Heyerdahl and his virtually indistinguishable crew of blond men with beards.

    Dec 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Kon-Tiki is a widescreen man-against-nature epic, beautifully shot and boasting seamless, stunning visual effects.

    May 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Kon-Tiki" is awesome in the true sense of the word: You sit in awe of the bravery, audacity, stupidity and natural power on display. Ah, to imagine and dream. And to go forth.

    May 17, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • How much is fiction and how much is deliberate confusion?

    May 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Kon Tiki


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 manages to be quite tense.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

While the actual science of this real life adventure remains questionable, the Viking/Nordic spirit behind it all sings like the call of the sirens (insert Wagner's RIde of the Valkeries theme here): "let's go sail the Pacific Ocean on a raft, cause I think some of our ancient ancestors did!" Once on the ocean however the enormity of the undertaking sinks home and the tension escalates accordingly. A fine cinematic how-do-you-do all in all.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Beautifully filmed adventure movie about Heyerdahl and his crew crossing the pacific on a raft after WW2. While the enterprise itself goes relatively smoothly there is a wonderfully terrifying shark attack in the middle of the film that's worth the movie already. Especially the camera work and direction are excellent, the script could have used some refining here or there. Heyerdahl is portrayed as oddly arrogant protagonist. Still, a nice film. No wonder the directors are now moving on to Pirates of the Caribbean. Great choice.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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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

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