In a dangerous sea-faring adventure, six men are tested to the limits of their endurance in the daring true story of the Kon-Tiki voyage. Thor Heyerdahl — a restless spirit. His radical idea kick-starts an impossible mission. Along with five loyal buddies, Thor follows an ancient path 4,300 miles across the Pacific on the fragile Kon-Tiki raft. Attacked by tidal waves, sharks and all the dangers the Ocean can muster, it’s six men battling with nature as Kon-Tiki strives to reach land. Having sacrificed everything for his mission, even his marriage, Thor must succeed. —Norwegian Film Institute
When I found out that this a film nominated for an academy award for Foreign film about a true story of an explorer's epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, i thought it would be at least dramatic if not intense. Instead I felt completely disengaged and completely bored by the whole experience. Only worthwhile moment of the film where the camera pans up all the way to space and back to the raft.
Visually speaking, the film stands out on its own without apparent enhancement filters and focusing on the natural scenery, and while the acting felt slightly lackluster during the first act, it picks up during the second half when the trip begins, bringing the best out of the casting assembled to portray this exploration team. The decision to film on location makes it one of the best adventure films of the decade.