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.
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
Give us a big shark, then we don't need a story! Give us some jokes, then we don't need characters. Deeply disappointed by Norway's most expensive film ever. The storytelling is extremely banal, and the film totally lacks creativity and originality. It seems like all they have focused on is the production design (and sharks and whales)...
maybe it was because i knew nothing about kon-tiki before i finished the film that it made it seem a lot better than most reviews i've seen but it took me to the moon and back. sometimes i had moments where i'd say to myself that this is something that really happened. sure, it had it's flaws but for the better portions of the film i thought it was wonderful.
A solid presentation of Thor Heyerdahls travel adventure but with added action, dangerous sharks and personal conflicts. A great presentation, especially in the effects department, but the film seem to forget it needs to go deeper into Thor Heyerdahl's psyche since it feels like we are left out the most juicy details as if the producers were afraid of a lawsuit from the explorer's family.