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Super Reviewer
February 7, 2016
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!
½ December 31, 2015
Beautifully written and filmed movie, just a bit slow and not much happens.
December 7, 2015
A long journey with not a hole lot happening , they leave and they came on there desteny . fine
Super Reviewer
December 1, 2015
Great (and true) adventure, mixed with some beautiful photography.
½ November 11, 2015
Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the film is based on actual events dramatized on the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition. The 2012 film became Norway's most expensive production to date, and has yielded notable accolades, including highest-grossing film for that year in Norway, and Best Foreign Language Film nominations at the Oscars and Golden Globes.
First told in the Oscar-winning 1951 documentary, Kon-Tiki retells the story of Thor Heyerdahl's most famous expedition: drifting 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa-wood raft to prove that it was possible for pre-Columbian South Americans to take an ocean passage to Polynesia. Finally had the opportunity to catch this film, and I am impressed. The film opens with trenchant childhood prologue of young Heyerdahl, ignoring his friends and crashing into a frozen lake, nearly drowning himself in the frigid waters. A brief glimpse but rather important in establishing to us that Heyerdahl is a man who is a risk-taker. The story quickly fast-forward to Polynesia in 1937, where grown up Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen) develops a theory that these "South Sea Islands" were not originally discovered by Asians 1,500 years ago but by South American Incas, guided to their destination by the god Tiki. Met with a series of harsh rejections and ridicule to publish his theory, which only further fueled his relentless endeavor, the iron-willed explorer sets out to convince the skeptics by building his own raft without proper funds, using the Incas' original primitive methods and material, and recruiting 5 other men for his hundred-day journey.
As we already know that the protagonist survives at the end, it did not stop directors Rønning and Sandberg from recreating a riveting and emotional adventure of the 6-men crew, as we witness their perilous journey paddling through merciless storms, close encounters with a whale and sharks. Though some may argue that the film is projected in a rather old-fashioned manner, with lesser sensationalized action, peaks and twists; I find it rather apt as we are brought back to this amazing voyage which took place nearly 70 years ago. For what's lacking in action, Rønning and Sandberg cleverly make up for it by focusing more on the drama that takes place on the raft. Although the film dwells a bit more on the drama than the documentary, the directors' decision to make it a psychological drama stemmed from their research that there were indeed disagreements and drama that took place. And thank goodness for that decision. It makes the film all the more staggering to watch, a handsomely-mounted human drama. The casts are on point, especially lead Hagen. His crew members are Erik Hesselberg (Odd Magnus Williamson), Knut Haugland (Tobias Santelmann), Herman Watzinger (Anders Baasmo Christiansen), Torstein Raaby (Jakob Oftebro) Bengt Danielsson (Gustaf Skarsgård).
Replete with breathtaking Pacific panoramas scenes, Kon-Tiki is captivating for its visuals alone. The storytelling however is equally solid, too, all adding up to a fitting tribute to the inspiring triumphant achievement by the legendary Thor Heyerdahl.
October 19, 2015
Great movie. Can't believe it's based on a true story.
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.
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