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Only caught the last hour, but wow, gripping, beautiful, and crazy that it actually happened! Beautiful shots.
A very traditional, very formulaic adventure true story, but don't be misguided, this is great fun. In every way the 'Lost City of Z' didn't work, this does. We're onto the raft as quickly as we can but not at the expense of backstory or character development. It's a story I knew nothing about but one I now would love to find out more of, really good film.
brilliant film of exploration
Thor Heyerdahl has always been a hero of mine and I read the book a couple of times in my younger years. The movie starts off fairly hammy but things pick up when the crew set to sea. A majestic, epic and inspiring story - here told for a new generation.
The cinematography and scenes involving aquatic denizens are amazingly beautiful and awesome. The voyage itself is a bit on the boring side, but thankfully the based on real life characters are portrayed vividly enough by this unknown group of actors that the camaraderie, banter and conflicts overshadow the dull bits. A worthwhile adventure movie.
With wonderful direction, beautiful imagery and a fitting score, 'Kon Tiki' speaks to the sense of adventure in every man with a story that shows not only the success and recognition such an epic journey brings, but also the hardships and sacrifices that must be made along the way in order to achieve it. Exciting and tense, you may come out of the other side of this film wondering what lands or oceans you can explore.
Well this was OK. The guy was nuts, and took quite unacceptable risks. And survived. The movie is a little over dramatised, but effective.
Norway's Oscar Entry for Best Foreign-Language Film is an intensely gripping dramatisation of the 1947 epic voyage across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands undertaken by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his crew on the titular raft to substantiate his theory that Polynesia was originally settled by the ancient Peruvians and his unshakable conviction that nature is not an impediment men use modern technology to subdue.
Refreshing true story. No superpowers, no superdrama, only a straight story with some adventure and risk. Makes me want to see the original film of the adventure to compare. DNA studies showed that Polynesians are mostly of asian origin but have American ancestry as well.
The film is the dramatized story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947. While the prevailing theories of the time held that Polynesia had been settled by peoples migrating from the west, Heyerdahl, an experimental ethnographer and adventurer, sets out to prove his theory that people from South America settled the islands in pre-Columbian times. Noting similarities between statues found in South America and the Polynesian moai, Heyerdahl's theory about the origin of the Polynesian people is bolstered by Polynesian folklore that tells of an ancient tribe called the Hanau epe that are said to have once inhabited Easter Island. While most experts hold that such a voyage across the vast ocean is unlikely to have ever been successful, in order to illustrate that there were no technological limitations that would have inhibited the ancient peoples from making the journey, Heyerdahl puts his theory to the test and builds a balsawood raft using the same techniques that would have been utilized 1500 years ago by the indigenous peoples of the region. Though he himself cannot swim or sail, he sets out on the treacherous 4,300 nautical mile-journey across the Pacific from Peru to Polynesia aboard the small raft, along with his crew of five men (and a macaw named Lorita). During the three months aboard the primitive vessel named after Inca god of sun and storm, Kon-Tiki, the crew's scientific reenactment of the legendary voyage from the coast of Peru to the Polynesian islands is met with setbacks in the form of storms, sharks, and other perils of the open sea...
"Kon-Tiki" was an international co-production between Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It was the highest-grossing film of 2012 in Norway and the country's most expensive production to date. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. It is Norway's fifth Academy Award nomination. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Golden Globe Awards. It is the first time a Norwegian film has been nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Kon-Tiki opened in the United States on 26 April 2013 in a limited release, and was screened in three cinemas. On 3 May 2013, the film expanded to screen in fifty more cinemas and was a major box office success in its home country, Norway, and has since been gathering critical acclaim internationally. The Hollywood Reporter's Sheri Linden says of Kon-Tiki: "This retelling of a bare-bones enterprise by six men took a crew of hundreds, and the results are nothing if not polished, with handsome period detail and visual effects that are convincing, if sometimes ostentatious. The widescreen lensing (the film was shot mainly in and around Malta) doesn't overdo the sense of wonder and, with a strong assist from the sound design, conveys the men's vulnerability to the elements." Andrew Barker of Variety notes that some may take issue with the artistic license the filmmakers took in dramatizing some of the characters and events of the voyage, but describes the film overall as "a visually impeccable, professionally crafted modern vessel that lacks any of the patched-together soul of its subject." While Michael Nordine of LA Weekly laments that Kon-Tiki "could have used a bit more [shark-attracting] blood in the water", he concedes that the "crystal-clear waves are a sight to behold nevertheless." Rotten Tomatoes consensus is: "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."
Thor Heyerdahl's account of his 1947 expedition across the Pacific on a balsa raft has captivated the imagination of generations and this great real life story has just been waiting to be put on the silverscreen. Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg dramatisation of real life explorer Thor Heyerdahl's epic and legendary journey traveling nearly 5,000 miles from Peru to Polynesia in a wooden raft has its moments with impressive sets, environments and CGI. The cinematography is of high standard as well. Then again with that sort of budget you would expect it to be. However, the film has been done in such a comic way and style I personally think the story gets lost with a constant smirking Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen as Heyerdahl and the rest of the characters as they have been written as true stereotypes and their personalities are flatter than a wooden board. The screenplay written by Petter Skavlan and Allan Scott has been beefed up with all sorts of dramatic turns that didn´t happen and from what I have understood the Herman Watzinger character is not particularly accurate with how he was in real life. The directors' excuse for altering the facts is that the book lacked any dramatic tensions, so they had to manufacture some in a classic Hollywood way. They simply took an easy way out with the script and maybe hoped nobody would notice... "Kon-Tiki" is a colourful adventure, but not satisfying for me as it is more of a comedy than a drama it should be and what I expected it to be.