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Kon Tiki Reviews

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Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
August 24, 2015
In "Kon-Tiki," Thor Heyerdahl(Pal Sverre Hagen), an ethnographer, is vacationing with his wife Liv(Agnes Kittelsen) in the South Pacific when he has a brainstorm. Basically, it concerns the fact that the Polynesians must have emigrated from South America, not the other way around which is the currently held wisdom in 1947. The challenge as far as Heyerdahl is concerned is proving it. Which involves building a boat identical to the ones the Polynesians would have traveled in at the time of their voyage. That's easier said than done, as he when he tries to raise funds in New York City at the National Geographic where they are tempted to refer him to Bellevue Hospital. Luckily, he meets Herman Watzinger(Anders Baasmo Christiansen), an engineer, who shows him the error of his ways.

With a judicious use of CGI, "Kon-Tiki" is a great looking dramatization of the famed ocean voyage. The problem lies in the movie's length. It's not that the movie is too long; rather for once it is not long enough.(The running time on the DVD I watched was one hour, thirty-eight minutes, 20 minutes shorter than the theatrical running time.) So, while the movie focuses on the bigger, more suspenseful moments(nothing against sharks, by the way), it otherwise feels rushed. Instead, the pace should have been leisurely, allowing the story to take its time to unfold in detailing this epic voyage which does not really feel epic here.
½ June 14, 2015
Nothing excepcional!
½ June 14, 2015
Evenly paced and riding on the true story wave, the movie had it all to make it big, but sadly it didn't. It did not quite cut it. Casting was not strong, the acting was weak, the characters were unevenly developed and the passion needed to do what was shown was surprisingly missing. The movie did not leave an impact where as it could have been as powerful as Castaway. A poor attempt at a wonderful story only reaching the mediocrity that Thor did not deserve.
½ May 3, 2015
Je regrette un peu de profondeur et un cadreur digne de ce nom pour certaines scènes... =/
April 25, 2015
A riveting true story of man versus nature.
April 25, 2015
Good movie and exciting ocean adventure that is a true story to prove a theory about the first ancestors to Polynesia.
April 19, 2015
Makes me want to go fishing, on holiday and/or a mega adventure!
April 12, 2015
Crossing the Pacific in a balsa wood raft. Impressive. And that actually happened in 1947.
March 21, 2015
Quite alrightee although rather easy-peasy in plot. Pål Sverre Hagen is certainly the man to watch.
March 8, 2015
A little thin but entertaining.
February 25, 2015
Hard to find a good movie with a genuine story such as this one. Good actors, humor, suspense, and beautiful visuals. Amazing effects, nothing looked fabricated. Even in certain scenes where one is sure they could not have produced is using real animals or waves, you cannot see any hint of computer generated graphics being used.
February 7, 2015
Watching on Netflix, beautiful tropic scenery so far!
February 4, 2015
A adventure film makes you sit through out the film. A nice film to watch.
January 16, 2015
The world is full of all kinds of crazy people. I think Norway has a fair share of them. What on earth was Heyerdahl thinking in going to open sees with friends in a raft? I was first considering this too dull of a subject for a film but amazingly they had managed to make it into a captivating story where you were just afraid of the sharks and big waves on your couch!
January 5, 2015
Amazing, adventurous and full of suspense. I really liked this film and the way it inspires it audience, through showing true events, to follow your dreams.
January 5, 2015
Beautiful act of bravery, great film!
January 4, 2015
Us Norwegians can definitely be stubborn...
½ January 1, 2015
Well acted. Beautiful cinematography. Kind of a boring story.
December 21, 2014
Strong independent film.
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