Based on a remarkable true story, KON-TIKI is a real life adventure tale about Thor Heyerdahl, a scientist who sets out to prove that South Americans were the first to settle Polynesia by sailing a wooden raft across the Pacific Ocean from Peru. An epic in every sense of the word, this Best Foreign Language Film nominee from Norway is a gripping tale of survival and perseverance.
Stunning, inventive, consistently gripping directing by Ronning and Sandberg. By far one of the most impressive pieces of filmmaking in a story like. The duo isn’t afraid of scale and manages to make this look like a big Hollywood production despite its modest $15 million budget. Kon Tiki is a magnificent sea adventure, one of those that are few and far between in the current landscape.
"It’s frustratingly ironic that Kon-Tiki’s most outrageously fantastical sequences are completely verifiable, and its most predictable, workaday conflicts are completely made up. This is filmmaking of great ambition and ability, though it’s not always conducive to solid storytelling."Andrew Barker, Variety. As a sidenote, Heyerdahl’s theories still have not been widely accepted.
A man-against-nature adventure in optimistic post-World War II era. Not the greatest acting (next time, just stick with Norwegian instead of an annoying English accent), but beautifully shot and boasting seamless, stunning visual effects | ✮✮✮
A chilling cautionary tale about the risks of inviting refrigerator salesman pretty much anywhere. Also a ringing endorsement of the power of positive thinking; and a long-awaited, irrefutable demonstration that tall, fit, blonde vikings look nice with their shirts off.
The daring true story of the Kon-Tiki voyage, an attempt to prove that Polynesia was populated by drifting on rafts from South America. The action is high, the effects superb for the most part and the photography outstanding. It's a genre flick with all of the blockbuster trappings. 3 stars